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Associate Justice R. Hunt Parker of the Supreme Court 
administers the oath of office to Highway Chairman A. H. 
Graham. Governor Umstead appointed Graham to head the 
revised 14-division Highway Commission May 11. 

Welccm to the Heu; CmntiMicH 

It E SALUTE our new chairman and the 14 commissioners 
who will serve with him during the next four years. To them 
we offer our support and loyalty. We extend our good wishes 
for a successful and fruitful administration. 

The State's newspapers seem to agree that the Commission 
will be headed by a man who has demonstrated his administra- 
tive ability before when he was chairman (1945-'49) during 
the Cherry administration. The News and Observer says: "It 
is fortunate for North Carolina that the chairmanship of the 
State Highway Commission is to remain in able and experi- 
enced hands at a time when the Commission itself is having 
the greatest turnover in history. 

". . . Under any circumstances, Mr. Graham might be 
expected to make a better highway chairman in his second 
term than in his first, and his appointment by Governor 
Umstead is particularly fortunate at this time." 

The Charlotte Observer concludes: "A. H. (Sandy) 
Graham's return to his former post as chairman of the 
Commission will mean a reversal of recent policy on highway 
improvements — from now on, the primary roads will get 
first consideration." 

The Wilmington Star says: "North Carolinians should 
like the way Highway Commission Chairman A. H. Graham 
has promoted former assistant division engineers or senior 
construction engineers to be heads of the new highway 

". . . Apparently there is no politics involved in Mr. 
Graham's engineering assignments. That is to be welcomed. 
Advancement of good men in the department when the 
opportunity develops not only boosts morale but strengthens 
the aspect of career service." 

The Greensboro News observes: "Highway and Public 
Works Commission Chairman A. H. Sandy Graham said what 
needed to be said in his first press conference after being 
inducted into office. 

"As for the highway problems which face him and the 
new commission, Chairman Graham placed two emphases. 
Primary highways will get first consideration because they 
need to be put in shape to handle 'the present day traffic' 

". . . As a second pressing responsibility. Chairman 
Graham foresaw the 'big job' of carrying forward a great 
deal of rather heavy maintenance on the secondary roads 
built in the last few years to preserve the State's investment." 

Today, Graham returns to his highway post after the 
busiest four years in roadbuilding in the State's history. The 
$200,000,000 rural road bond program brought black top and 
crushed stone to hundreds of miles of county roads. This 
time, he and his Commission have the task of keeping 
hundreds of new roads lately added to the system in good 
condition, while pushing ahead the expanded primary highway 
improvement program. 

Now that the bond money has been either spent oi 
allocated, the chairman and commission will undoubtedly have 
many problems ahead. However, relying on the leadership and 
proven ability of our chairman, the fine business experience 
of the 14 commissioners, and the full cooperation of all 
employees, we face the road ahead with confidence. 

Big bill Rogers was renamed chief engineer by the 
State Highway Commission at its May 29 meeting. 

Highway Chairman Graham told the commissioners 
"Governor Umstead and I are entirely in accord witt 
recommending the appointment of W. H. Rogers, Jr., as 
chief engineer." 

Commissioner Hardison promptly nominated Rogers 
several members seconded, and in a matter of minutes 
Rogers had been reappointed our chief highway engineer. 

A native of Wake County, Rogers is 57. He started witi 
the Commission in 1931 as a district engineer and later becam( 
assistant division engineer at Wilson. In 1941, he becamt 
assistant commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles; 
In 1945, Chairman Graham chose him to be his administrative 
assistant. Rogers was named chief highway engineer in 1949 

Congratulations to both the Commission and Bill Rogersi 
His past record of unselfish public service assures the Statt 
of continued progress in highway engineering. With his 
recognized engineering ability and his fine supervision, wi 
are sure we will make even greater progress. 

iiiTH mmu mmm 

A Magazine for employees of the North Carolina State 
Highway and Public Works Commission 

Published Bi-.Mouthly By 
Raleish. N. C. 

Volume IV' JULY- AUGUST, 1953 Number 1 

Margaret Burk, Editor 

A. H. Geaiiam, Chairman 

J. Emmett Winslow, 

Forrest Lockey, 



H. Maynakd Hicks, 

James A. Gray, Jr., 

Snow Hill 


C. Heide Trask, 

James A. Hardison, 



M. E. Robinson, 

W. Ralph Winkler, 




June F. Scarborough 



C. A. Hasty, 

J. Fleming Snipes, 

Max ton 


J. Van Lindley, 

Harry E. Buchanan, 



W. H. Rogers, Jr., State Highway Engineer 
R. B. Peters, General Co-unsel 

Chairman Graham lines up with new commissioners. 
Picture was made at tlieir organizational meeting May 14. 

Front row, from left: J. F. Snipes of Marion, Thirteenth 
Division; Harry Buchanan of Hendersonville, Fourteenth; 
Chairman (iraham of Hillsboro; H. MajTiard Hicks of Snow 
Hill, Second; M. F. Robinson of Goldsboro, Fourth; and 
J. Enimett Winslow of Hertford, First. 

Second row, from left: James A. Gray of Winston-Salem, 
Ninth Division; James A. Hardison of Wadesboro, Tenth; 
Forrest Lockey of Aberdeen, Eighth; John "Jack" Van 
Lindley of Greensboro, Seventh; Ralph W. Winkler of 
Boone, Eleventh; June F. Scarborough of Statesville, 
Twelfth; C. A. Hasty of Maxton, Sixth; Donnie A. Sorrell 
of Durham, Fifth; and C. Heide Trask of W'ilmington, 

Governor Names New Commissio 


HEN Governor William B. Um- 
stead created a 14-member State High- 
way Commission May 11, he appointed 
A. H. (Sandy) Graham, chairman. 

Mr. Graham, Hillsboro attorney, 
former Lieutenant-Governor, former 
Speaker of the House and Highway 
Chairman from 1945 to 1949 during 
the Cherry administration, took his 
oath of office May 12, in the Governor's 

The Governor appointed a prominent 
group of businessmen to serve as High- 
way Commissioners: J. Emmett Win- 
slow of Hertford, First Division; H. 
Maynard Hicks of Snow Hill, Second; 
C. Heide Trask of Wilmington, Third; 
M. E. Robinson of Goldsboro, Fourth; 
Donnie A. Sorrell of Durham, Fifth; 
C. A. Hasty of Maxton, Sixth; John 
"Jack" Van Lindley of Greensboro, 
Seventh; Forrest Lockey of Aberdeen. 
Eighth; James A. Gray, Jr., of Winston- 
Salem, Ninth; James A. Hardison of 
Wadesboro, Tenth; W. Ralph Winkler 
of Boone, Eleventh; June F. Scar- 
borough of Statesville, Twelfth; J. F. 
Snipes of Marion, Thirteenth; and 
Harry Buchanan of Hendersonville, 

A bill passed by the 19 53 North Caro- 
lina General Assembly gave the Gover- 
nor and a five-man study committee the 

right to say how and whether the Com- 
mission should be changed. 

The Governor named T. Boddie Ward 
of Wilson, J. Hampton Price of Leaks- 
ville, William T. Saunders of Aberdeen, 
Walter H. Woodson, Sr., of Salisbury 
and Reuben Robertson of Canton to the 
committee. They agreed on and recom- 
mended a geographic redivision of the 
State into 14 highway divisions. 

Since the middle thirties, the State 
had been divided into ten highway divi- 

For the four new division engineer- 
ing posts, Hunter D. Irving of Raleigh, 
C. E. Brown of Fayetteville, J. H. Coun- 
cill of Boone and G. G. Page of Asheville 
were named. 

The new line-up of the State's coun- 
ties, with headquarters and engineers, 
follow by divisions and districts: 

First Division — headquarters, Ahos- 
kie; W. N. Spruill, division engineer; 
J. D. Miller, assistant division engineer; 
District One — George K. Mack, district 
engineer; Elizabeth City, district office; 
Camden, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pas- 
quotank and Perquimans counties; Dis- 
strict Two — T. C. Liverman, district 
engineer; Ahoskie, district office; Hert- 
ford, Bertie, and Northampton counties; 
District Three — J. J. Gilbert, district 
engineer; Plymouth, district office; 

Chowan, Hyde, Martin, Tyrrell and 
Washington counties. 

Second — headquarters, Greenville; R. 
Markham, division engineer; Jasper L. 
Phillips, assistant; District One — H. H. 
Wesley at Washington; Beaufort and 
Pamlico counties; District Two — C. Y. 
Griffin at New Bern; Craven, Carteret 
and Jones counties; District Three — 
Heber Gray at Kinston; Greene, Pitt, 
and Lenoir counties. 

Third — headquarters, Wilmington; 
C. E. Brown, division engineer; R. V. 
Biberstein, assistant; District One — 
R. A. Ashworth at Burgaw; Brunswick, 
New Hanover, Pender and Onslow 
counties; District Two — B. Whiteside at 
Clinton; Duplin and Sampson counties. 

Fourth — headquarters, Wilson; T. J. 
McKim, division engineer; T. D. Grant- 
ham, assistant; District One — C. F. Gore 
at Weldon; Halifax and Edgecombe 
counties; District Two — F. M. Edgerton 
at Nashville; Nash and Wilson counties; 
District Three — R. W. Dawson at Selma; 
Johnston and Wayne counties. 

Fifth — headquarters, Durham; Hunt- 
er D. Irving, division engineer; J. W. 
Jenkins, assistant; District One — Ivan 
Hardesty at Raleigh; Franklin, Vance, 
Wake and Warren counties; District 
Two — M. T. Adkins at Durham; Dur- 
( Continued on page 6) 


Origin-Destination Study Made 




HERE ARE you coming from, 
Please? "Where are you going? Thank 
You" became familiar questions to Raleigh 
motorists who were stopped during a 
recently-completed origin-destination sur- 

The survey, started in mid-April and 
completed in May, was conducted by 
the Statistics and Planning Division. 

Many a driver may have wondered: 
What's the purpose of an origin-destina- 
tion survey? 

Since future highway and street plans 
are projected on the basis of "traffic de- 
mand", an origin-destination survey is 
made to show definite "traffic demand" 

Such basic questions as how many 
trips? How many intracity ones? What 
routes do they follow? What parts of the 
city do they come from and go to? are 
answered by the survey. 

Suppose an expressway is proposed 
such as the Dawson Street project in 
Raleigh, Independence Boulevard in 
Charlotte, Lee Street in Greensboro or 
West Patton Street in Asheville. How 
should it be designed? How much traffic 
will use it? Where will traffic enter and 
exit? Where should interchanges be 
planned and of what character? Again, 
the "traffic demand" pattern of an origin- 
destination survey gives the answers. 

Only through trips — a very minor por- 
tion of all total trips in a city — can be 
by-passed. Most trips go into or out of 
the city, or have both ends within the 

city limits and such traffic is not served 
by a by-pass. 

Why record the short trips which start 
and end in the city? Because a short trip 
car is as big a "traffic unit" as a New 
York-to-Florida trip car. Both take up 
the same amount of road space. Each 
adds equally to traflEic congestion. Short 
trips within a city far outnumber the 
through trips. 

Information is easily available on the 
volumes of traffic, since the Highway 
Commission's traffic count machines 
record this regularly. An origin-destina- 
tion survey goes far beyond mere traffic 
counts. The basic information needed 
concerns the "traffic demand" in terms 
of ivhere drivers wish to go, based upon 
the origin and destination of their trips. 

An origin-destination survey, made in 
1945 in Raleigh, showed that many road 
improvements were necessary. As a re- 
sult, US 64 through Longview Gardens 
was widened. Western Boulevard was 
double-tracked, the Raleigh-Durham high- 
way was graded for dual-laning and 
South Wilmington Street was extended 
as a wide boulevard. The need for the 
current Dawson Street project, to funnel 
residential traffic in and out of the busi- 
ness district, was evident from that sur- 
vey. Since 1945, several one-way street 
patterns have been developed and high- 
way routings have been changed. 

In April of this year, about 30 local 
Raleigh residents who know their city's 
streets were hired temporarily as "inter- 

viewers". About 50 "interview stations"' 
were set up at carefully selected points 
around the edges of the city, around the 
business district, and at intermediate 
points between the center and the city 
limits. For one full day, at each of these 
stations, all drivers were stopped and 
asked: "Where are you coming from? 
Where are you going?" 

Traffic Analyst Leroy V. Jay of Statis- 
tics directed the work of the "inter- 

City Police and State Highway Patrol- 
men assisted in maintaining traffic order 
and safety. A card was handed each 
driver which read: "We are asking for 
information on traffic movements in this 
vicinity, in order that we may best plan 
highway and street improvements to 
serve this community. Please give our 
man the true facts on this trip. You will 
not be detained longer than about one 

"We are not asking for your name, 
and we are not taking your license 
number. We will appreciate your coopera- 
tion. Thank you." 

The stations were not used for law 
enforcement purposes. 

Public cooperation was excellent. 
Officials received only two complaints 
from any interviewed driver. The "inter- 
viewers" were drilled to be brief but 
courteous to each driver. 

The local newspapers and radio stations 
helped to inform the public about the 
survey. About 160 civic clubs made 
announcements about the survey. 

Thanks to advance information and 
courteous treatment, the public cooperat- 

The U. S. Bureau of Public Roads and 
the City of Raleigh joined the State in 
financing and conducting the survey. The 
data on the 85,000 trips is being put on 
punch cards for machine analysis. 

The final report will be ready this 

Proudley Speaks 

made by the 
HilLsboro Sti 

ers" briefly quiz Raleigh Motorists for an origin-destination survey 
Statistics and Planning Division. This shot was made one morning on 

Proudley gave a talk on the "Construction 
Features of the Ridgecrest-Old Fort Road" 
to the Tennessee Valley Section of the 
American Society of Civil Engineers at 
their annual meeting in Asheville, May 

About 75 engineers representing the 
sub-chapters in Asheville, Chattanooga, 
Holston, Knoxville, Muscle Shoals, and 
Oak Ridge attended. Division Engineers 
W. M. Corkill and G. G. Page were present. 

Pete Bourke showed a motion picture 
of the work underway on the relocation 
of US 70 from Ridgecrest to Old Fort. 




Highway Chairman Graham beams approval as Charles McCrary presents D. B. 
McCrary Award to "\V. Lloyd Cutting. The attractive lady on the right is >Ii's. 
Cutting. Picture made by H. K. Witherspoon. 

Cutting Wins McCrary Award 

In may, W. Lloyd Cutting, 56-year old 
building construction superintendent for 
the Bridge Maintenance Department, was 
named winner of the 1952 D. B. McCrary 
Award for outstanding service to the 
State Highway Commission. 

In announcing Cutting's selection as 
the 1952 McCrary Award Winner, High- 
way Chairman Graham said: 

"I am indeed happy that W. Lloyd 
Cutting has won the D. B. McCrary 
Award for 1952. Mr. Cutting has done 
many difficult jobs for the State Highway 
and Public Works Commission and 
through the years, the savings to the State 
of North Carolina that have been effected 
by the efficient handling of many building 
and rebuilding jobs has been a large 

"No job of building or reconstruction 
of existing buildings is too complicated 
or involved for Mr. Cutting to accomplish, 
and the influence that he has exerted over 
prisoners and the effect of his influence 
with these prisoners has been a splendid 
example of what rehabilitation can accom- 

Chairman Graham presided over the 
presentation which was held May 29 at 
noon in the auditorium of the highway 
building. First, he recognized the 14 
new commissioners and then, he called 
on Charles McCrary to make the award 
to Cutting-. 

Cutting was picked for his outstanding 
work in supervising prison labor in the 
construction of the following projects: 

Fire-prooflng and remodeling Central 
Prison, building the industry and ware- 
house buildings at Central Prison (in- 
cluding the cold-storage plant and the 
new warehouse for the Division of Pur- 
chase and Contract), the Prison Apart- 
ments on Morgan Street in Raleigh, new 
division office buildings, the Bridge 
Maintenance warehouse at the Raleigh 
Equipment Depot, and equipment and 
maintenance shops for the various divi- 

In the construction of all these build- 
ings, Cutting took prison labor and gave 
them vocational training as carpenters, 
brickmasons, electricians, plasterers, con- 
crete finishers, plumbers, steam fitters, 
steel erectors and mechanics. Men trained 
by Cutting have been fitted to find employ- 
ment upon their release from prison. 

The joint nomination by State Bridge 
Maintenance Engineer C. B. Taylor and 
Prisons Director Walter F. Anderson 

"We commend Cutting for the oppor- 
tunity he has given men in prison to 
receive this type training, for his under- 
standing of the men assigned to him and 
for his sacrificial service in teaching and 
training them." 

Cutting, a Statesville native, has 
lived in the State all his life. He has been 
employed by the State Highway Commis- 
sion for the past 22 years. A veteran of 
World War I, Cutting is a member of 
the American Legion and 40 & 8. He is 
a member of the First Baptist Church of 
Statesville. His wife is the former Cora 

Bell McHone. They have one daughter, 
Mrs. Dorothy Cutting Schroeder. 

In recommending Cutting for the 
McCrary Award — given by highway em- 
ployees in honor of the late D. B. McCrary 
of Asheboro, Highway Chairman from 
1941 to 1943 — Taylor and Anderson 
summed it up: 

"We believe the services rendered the 
State Highway and Public Works Com- 
mission during these past 22 years, the 
tremendous savings made to the State 
through the construction of necessary 
buildings to carry out the purpose of the 
State Highway and Public Works Com- 
mission and the Prison Department and 
the opportunities afforded men in prison 
for vocational training amply qualify him 
for the McCrary Award." 

They cited Cutting as a "faithful, loyal 
and energetic employee." 

Vance Baise Passes 

Wade VANCE baise, 56, state High- 
way Engineer of the Commission from 
1935 to 1949. died June 13, at his home 
in Raleigh. 

He was born October 22, 1896, in Pel- 
ham. He was educated in the Pelham 
schools and Mars Hill College. In 1920, 
he graduated from N. C. State College. 
He immediately began work with the 
State Highway Department as a drafts- 

He rose steadily as squad leader, 
assistant engineer and then became chief 
draftsman in 1922. In 1931, he was pro- 
moted to Federal contact engineer, and 
in 1932, he became assistant state high- 
way engineer. Upon the death of John 
D. Waldrop in 1934, he became acting 
chief engineer until he was named chief 
engineer in 1935. 

Mr. Baise was general manager of the 
State Asphalt Association when he died. 
He was a member of the Methodist 
Church, the Theta Tau Engineering Fra- 
ternity, the Rotary Club, and was a 
former president of the N. C. Society of 
Engineers and the Raleigh Engineering 

Funeral services were held from the 
Edenton Street Methodist Church. Burial 
was in Montlawn. Pallbearers were T. V. 
Fahnestock, L. W. Payne, Edward 
Cothran, Robert Hairston, Jr.. S. C. 
Austin, and W. Trent Ragland. 

Surviving are his wife, the former 
Rachel Mitchell; three sons, W. Vance 
Baise, Jr., of Burlington, and William W. 
Baise and Donald G. Baise of Raleigh; 
and one daughter, Virginia C. Baise of 





was highway chairman from 1931-34. He 
cited Page's "duty to public service." 

Lt.-Gov. Luther Hodges then spoke 

Jordan introduced Dr. Poteat who read 
his funeral oration at Page's funeral in 
1934 in Aberdeen. He spoke on "Character 
Pays." He listed Frank Page as a "superi- 
or person with qualities of benevolence, 
integrity, courtesy, wisdom and action." 

The invited guests then adjourned to 
the lobby for the unveiling of the plaque 
which reads: 

"Frank Page, 1875-1934, Chairman, State 
Highway Commission, 1919-1929. 

"His response to an unprecedented 
challenge made North Carolina one of 
the first American States to build an 
integrated system of highways drawing 
more closely together the people of one 
hundred counties. 

"By his leadership, his wisdom, his 
integrity and fidelity, he set an example 

of distinguished service faithfully emu- 
lated but never surpassed. 

"His organization of highway craftsmen 
endures as his living memorial." 

Page was a roadbuilder of national 
prestige who served as president of the 
American Association of State Highway 
Officials, president of the American Road 
Builders' Association; and Chairman of 
President Herbert Hoover's Highway 
Safety Council. President Calvin 
Coolidge appointed him a member of a 
flve-man delegation to attend the Pan- 
American Road Congress which was 
held in 1925 in South America. 

Page was a president and director of 
the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. He 
was also president of the Raleigh Rotary 

Upon his retirement from highway work 
in 1929 until his death in 1934, he was a 
vice-president of the Wachovia Bank and 
Trust Company. 

Beaucatcher Tunnel Repaired 

Frank Page watches as his sister, 
Clara Page (Mrs. E. T.) Harrison, un- 
veil.s plaque to their father, Franlt Page. 

Plaque Dedicated 

A BRONZE PLAQUE commemorating 
one of North Carolina's outstanding 
pioneer roadbuilders was unveiled in the 
lobby of the new highway building in 
Raleigh, April 30. 

Dr. Henry Jordan presided over cere- 
monies dedicating the Frank Page Memo- 
rial Plaque. 

Dr. Edwin McNeil Poteat, pastor of 
Raleigh's PuUen Memorial Baptist 
Church, gave the invocation. 

Dr. Jordan read a joint resolution of 
the 1935 legislature directing that a 
plaque in memory of Frank Page be 
placed "either in the corridor of the 
Capitol or a highway building when 
built." An appropriation of $500 was made 
for this plaque. 

Jordan then recognized former commis- 
sioners present for the ceremonies. The 
follcwing men, with their years on the 
Commission, were recognized: T. F. Hick- 
erson of Chapel Hill, 1915-19; J. C. McBee 
of Bakersville, 1921; W. A. McGirt of 
Wilmington, 1921-31; Luther Hodges of 
Leaksville-Spray, 1933-37; E. F. Allen of 
Lenoir, 1933-37; T. Boddie Ward of 
Wilson, 1937-41; Sam M. Bason of Yancey- 
ville, 1937-41; D. C. Barnes of Murfrees- 
boro, 1937-41; John N. Hackney of Wilson, 
1941-49; George W. Kane of Roxboro, 
1941-49; James A. Bridger of Bladenboro, 
1945-49; D. Reeves Noland of Waynes- 
ville, 1945-49; Mark Goforth of Lenoir, 
1949-52; and George D. Richardson of 
Raleigh, 1952. 

Jordan also recognized the late Vance 
Baise of Raleigh, State Highway Engi- 
neer from 1933 to 1949. 

Frank Page's son and daughter — Frank 
Page of Falls Church, Va. and Clara (Mrs. 
E. T.) Harrison of High Point — were 
recognized. Frank Page's sister. Miss 
Mary Page of Aberdeen, was present. 

Jordan then introduced E. B. Jeffress 
of Chapel Hill, the only former highway 
chairman who could be present. Jeffress 


II HEN THE ceiling of the Beaucatcher 
Tunnel in Asheville needed repairs and 
fresh paint this spring, bridge mainten- 
ance superintendent F. S. Yount was 
called in to do the job. 

He faced a two-fold problem in painting 
the ceiling of the 1,200 foot tunnel: How 
to keep tralTic moving while the repairs 
were made and how to protect his work- 
men at the same time. 

First, a rolling scaffold with four 16- 
inch wheels to span both traffic lanes was 
made. The top of the scaffold was floored 
solid with plywood. The platform gave 
the workmen standing room and neither 
paint nor material could fall on traffic 
underneath. A canvas curtain was hung 
on each side of the scaffold to protect 
traffic from damage. 


Then the crew wirebrushed the ceiling. 
Next all cracks were cleaned and cut deep 
and large enough for insertion of copper 
drain pipes. The pipes were then covered 
with concrete. The pipes will funnel off 
excess Avater and prevent large icicles 
from forming next winter. 

Two coats of Master Tex were brushed 
on by six men on top and three men on 
each side. The tunnel was lighted by ex- 
posed wire so the current was cut off to 
protect the workmen. Two D-C generators 
furnished light for the workmen and red 
danger lights — to warn the travelling 
public — on the rolling scaffold. 

With heavy traffic passing underneath, 
the workmen were especially watchful of 
car fumes. Not a single accident occurred. 

J. C. Walker, city engineer of Asheville, 
cooperated in the project. 



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Laboratory Tcchiiuians III 

Barely larger than a postage stamp, the 
SR-4 strain gauge is an amazing device 
used by the Research Department of the 
Division of Materials for stress analysis. 
The gauge can be used to measure static 
or slowly varying strains, strains result- 
ing from impact loads, and dynamic 
strains with frequencies up to 50,000 
cycles per second. It is capable of detect- 
ing" movements of one-millionth of an 

The principle of the SR-4 strain gauge 
is very simple. Fundamentally it is a 
length of tine copper-nickel wire arranged 
in a grid and bonded to a special paper 
base. The wire, of course, is the strain- 
sensitive element. 

.liiu Brandon ami Wiley Stcplienso"- 
of the lab, test strain on piye under a 
173 foot fill on the Old Fort-Rldgecrest 

As used, the gauge is securely bonded 
with nitro-cellulose cement to the speci- 
men to be tested. When stress is applied 
to the gauge, it is strained or deformed — 
in either tension or compression — the 
same as the test piece. Strain may be de- 
fined as change of length per unit length ; 
stress is defined as applied force per unit 

Under field conditions or when exposed 
to excess moisture, the strain gauge must 
be completely waterproofed, the method 
varying with the specific requirements. 
Usually a combination of sheet rubber, 
rubber cement, petrolatum, and plastic 
roofing putty is used for field installation, 
while in the laboratory a coating of 
Cerese or Petrosene wax is usually suffi- 

To measure strain, a small electric 
current is passed through the strain 
gauge. Change of resistance of the wire 
varies with the applied strain or change 
in length of the wire. This change in 
resistance, measured in micro-inches per 
inch by appropriate instruments, is a 
very accurate measure of the strain, and 
consequently, the stress or load. Measur- 
ing instruments that may be used to 
record strain are a simple potentiometer, 
a good Wheatstone bridge with a sensi- 
tive galvanometer, or an electronic strain 
indicator. The latter is used by the 
Research Department. For recording 
dynamic strains, an oscillograph or an 
oscilloscope must be used. 

At present, laboratory technicians of 
the Research Department, under C. E. 
Proudley, Chief Materials Engineer, and 

the immediate supervision of A. D. 
Morgan, Materials Research Engineer, 
are engaged in several projects utilizing 
SR-4 strain gauges. On State Project 8521 
— the relocation of US-70 between Old 
Fort and Ridgecrest — strain gauges were 
installed in a 66-inch corrugated metal 
pipe. This pipe is 576-feet long and is 
covered by 173 feet of fill — the highest 
highway fill in the United States. Strain 
gauges are being used in the pipe to 
determine its behavior under this tre- 
mendous load. Measurements of strains 
have been taken at frequent intervals 
since the culvert was first assembled and 
are to be continued for a period of 
years. Strains developing in the pipe 
as the fill continues to settle may thus 
be observed and analyzed. 

In addition to the metal pipe research, 
strain gauges are being used both in the 
field and in the laboratory to determine 
stresses produced in concrete pavements 
by temperature and moisture content 
Continued on page 6 ) 

This tiny bit of felt is the heart of a 
strain gauge. The strain gauge, though 
small, can do a niian-sized job when 
properly used. 

U ^uif Hatgett hie^ 

Former Highway Commissioner W. Guy Hargett of 
Richlands died of a heart attack June 8. 

Appointed commissioner of the old Second Division by 
former Governor Scott in 1949, he served until May 1, 1953. 

Hargett, 57-year old farmer and tobacconist, was an 
alumnus of State College and a leader in Jones County affairs. 
He helped organize the Kinston Production Credit Association 
and served for several years as one of its directors. He was 
one of the organizers of the Jones-Onslow Electric Membership 
Corporation and served as its secretary-treasurer. 

For 16 years, he was a member of the Jones County board 
o£ county commissioners, and he served as chairman of that 
body for several years. For six years, he was a member of 
the State Board of Agriculture. He also was assistant manager 
of the Farmers' Cooperative Warehouse at Kinston, a Mason 
and member of the Sudan Temple and a member of the board 
of stewards of the Richlands Methodist Church. 

A successful farmer, he owned and operated a 2,000-acre 
farm, raising cattle and tobacco. 

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ridie Ward Parker 
Hargett; a son, William B. Hargett of State College; and a 
daughter, Mrs. Richard Smith of Kinston. 

His many highway friends extend their deepest sympathy 
to his family. 

Personnel Director Named 

In MAY, Earl Crump was appointed director of personnel 
for the Highway Commission. 

Crump had been assistant division engineer of the old 
Fourth Division at Wilson since 1941. A State College alum- 
nus. Crump is best known for his splendid work with the 
State Highway Employees Association. He is a former presi- 
dent of the NCSHEA. His past experience in highway problems 
amply qualifies him to serve well as our director of personnel. 






(Continued from page 1) 
ham, Granville, and Person counties. 

Sixth — headquarters, Fayetteville ; 
L. E. Whitfield, division engineer; J. W. 
Spruill. assistant; District One — E. L. 
Green at Whiteville; Bladen and 
Columbus counties; District Two — Sam 
M. Wilson at Lumberton; Robeson, 
Cumberland and Harnett counties. 

Seventh — headquarters, Greensboro ; 
T. A. Burton, division engineer; P. L. 
Welch, assistant; District One — L. H. 
Gunter at Graham ; Alamance, Caswell 
and Orange counties; District Two — 
W. W. White at Greensboro; Guilford 
and Rockingham counties. 

Eighth — headquarters, Asheboro; 
T. G. Poindexter, division engineer; A. J. 
Hughes, assistant; District One — B. T. 
Brame at Sanford; Chatham, Lee, 
Moore, Hoke and Scotland counties; 
District Two — John G. Hall at Ashe- 
boro; Montgomery, Randolph and Rich- 
mond counties. 

Ninth — headquarters, Winston- 
Salem; Z. V. Stewart, division engineer; 
R. B. Fitzgerald, assistant; District 
One — George Rike at Salisbury; David- 
son and Rowan counties; District Two — 
R. L. Chew at Winston-Salem; Davie, 
Forsyth and Stokes counties. 

Tenth — headquarters, Albemarle; 
M. E. Beatty, division engineer; J. G. 
Bright, assistant; District One — T. F. 
Royal at Wadesboro; Anson, Stanly 
and Union counties; District Two — 
H. M. Burgin at Charlotte; Mecklen- 
burg and Cabarrus counties. 

Eleventh — headquarters, North 
Wilkesboro; J. H. Councill, division 
engineer; J. E. Doughton, assistant; Dis- 
trict One — C. G. Ashby at Elkin; 
Alleghany, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin 
counties; District Two — C. A. Hay- 
worth at Lenoir; Ashe, Avery, Caldwell 
and Watauga counties. 

Twelfth — headquarters, Shelby; L. B. 
Peck, division engineer; E. L. Kemper, 
assistant; District One — H. H. Weaver 
at Shelby; Cleveland, Gastonia and 
Lincoln counties; District Two — P. D. 
Miller at Statesville; Alexander 
Catawba and Iredell counties. 

Thirteenth — headquarters, Asheville ; 
W. M. Corkill, division engineer; J. T. 
Knight, assistant; District One — W. W. 
Wyke at Marion; Burke, McDowell and 
Rutherford counties; District Two — 
B. S. Connelly at Asheville; Buncombe, 
Madison, Mitchell and Yancey counties. 

Fourteenth — headquarters, Sylva; 
G. G. Page, division engineer; C. W. 

Lee, assistant; District One — P. J. 
Dupree at Hendersonville; Haywood, 
Henderson, Transylvania and Polk 
counties; District Two — E. L. Curtis at 
Bryson City; Cherokee, Clay, Graham, 
Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. 

"The Governor," his office said, "has 
devoted a great deal of his time and 
conferred with delegations from a num- 
ber of counties before selecting the 14 
Commissioners and the Chairman (of 
the Commission). He feels that he has 
a Highway Commission composed of 
men of character and business experi- 
ence whose service will prove a credit 
to the State of North Carolina." 

First Division Commissioner Win- 
slow, a former Perquimans County 
Sheriff and former State Senator, is 
a hardware merchant and oil distribu- 

Hicks, commissioner of the Second, 
is a Greene County merchant and for- 
mer chairman of Greene's county elec- 
tions board. 

Trask of the Third is a Wilmington 
businessman and New Hanover County 

Robinson, Fourth Division commis- 
sioner, is a manufacturer and operator 
of extensive farming interests and a 
former chairman of the Wayne County 
l)oard of county commissioners. 

Donnie A. Sorrell of the Fifth is a 
garage operator and dealer in automo- 
bile parts, an active Durham civic work- 
er and former president of the Durham 
Chamber of Commerce. 

Hasty of Maxton is a businessman, 
farmer and chairman of the Robeson 
County board of county commissioners. 

John "Jack" Van Lindley is a 
nurseryman, member of the executive 
committee of Jefferson Standard Life 
Insurance Company and former mem- 
l)er of the Greensboro City Council. 

Lockey of the Eighth is an executive 
of the Aberdeen and Rockflsh Railroad 
and past mayor of Aberdeen. 

James A. Gray, Jr., official of the 
Piedmont Publishing Company and 
president of the Board of Trustees of 
Old Salem, Inc., is personnel manager of 
the Winston-Salem Journal-Sentinel. 

James A. Hardison of Wadesboro 
formerly served on the Commission 
from 1933 to 1937 during the Ehring- 
haus administration. Hardison is a 
classmate and long-time friend of Gov- 
ernor Umstead. Hardison is an oil dis- 

W. Ralph Winkler of the Eleventh is 

a well-known Boone businessman and 
automobile dealer. 

June F. Scarborough of the Twelfth 
is an oil distributor and Statesville civic 

J. F. Snipes of Marion of the Thirteen- 
th is president of the McDowell Building 
Loan Association, former chairman of 
the Marion School Board and former 
chairman of the McDowell County board 
of County Commissioners. 

Harry Buchanan of the Fourteenth 
Division is a former Mayor of Sylva. He 
has been president in the past of the 
Sylva Chamber of Commerce and the 
Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce. 
Since 1932, Buchanan has been City 
Manager of the North Carolina 
Theatres, Inc. 

On Thursday morning. May 14, the 
14 members of the Commission were 
sworn in by Associate Justice J. V. 
Barnhill of the State Supreme Court in 
the Hall of House. 


S OME FOLKS in the rural areas think 
that road work causes rains to come 
(which it usually does.) 

Maintenance supervisor Pete Justus 
received such a request last spring: "The 
road on the lower end of Jack's Fork and 
the farming land near by are getting 
very dusty. 

"If you will have the road scraped all 
the way through, the rains will come in 
time to plant 'taters.' " 

Strain Gauge i 

(Continued from page 5) 

variations. Also, tests are being made to 
determine the effects of temperature 
changes on various mineral aggregates 
in the laboratory. 

New uses of SR-4 strain gauges are 
brought to light every day. Possible uses 
of this sensitive instrument as an aid 
in studies of highway and bridge con- 
struction are being constantly explored. 
The Research Department tentativelyi 
plans to utilize these gauges as experi-j 
mental weighing devices and in continued 
research on aggregates and other high- 
way construction materials. 

Made by the Baldwin Locomotive; 
Works of Philadelphia. Pennsylvania, the! 
S"^-4 strain gauge, small though it may be, 
when properly used can do a man-sized 





P IN THE BRIDGE Department two 
men — Tommy Wood and Robert R. 
Trevathan, Jr., — are back on the job 
after military service . . . Tommy spent 
two years in the European Theatre; 
Robert saw action in Korea . . . Bobby 
Hastings, Dale S. Jones, and Adli Alliss 
(an instructor at State College) are work- 
ing in the drafting room this summer 
. . . C. J. Berthel was out sick, but we're 
glad that he's back now . . . Kate and 
Murray Howell are the proud parents 
of new baby boy, Murray, Jr. . . . Howard 
W. Shelden, who retired recently, has 
gone to California . . . George Stradley 
vacationed recently in Virginia . . . The 
J. W. Colliers have another son, John 
Stevens, who was born June 12. 

IN BRIDGE Maintenance, steno Dixie 
Ferguson resigned July 1 . . . Becky 
Griffin, a former employee, replaces her 
. . Ralph Carroll and Charlie Biggs 
report a successful fishing jaunt to 
Buggs Island one week-end . . . Martha 
and Charles Enscore spent two weeks at 
Myrtle Beach; Pam and Joe Connelly 
joined them for a week-end . . . Jess 
Markham had an operation on his heel; 
he's on crutches but is on the job . . . 
Julia and B. 8. Jenkins took time off to 
fish in the Neuse River. 

IN ROADWAY. Lillian Sorrell and her 
husband spent a cool week-end in the 
mountains . . . William Barkley spent a 
week in New Orleans with his sister . . . 
Jimmy Coiner also vacationed in New 
Orleans . . . A. L. Midyette attended the 
June graduation of his son, Norfleet, from 
the University of Georgia; Norfleet is 
now a doctor of veterinary medicine . . . 
Tom Park's daughter, Frances Moring, 
recently had a minor operation . . . 
''Town" Hall vacationed at Holden's Beach 
. . . Fred L. Barnes and Andrew L. 
Clement are new permanent employees; 

Ted Potts, Amos Billiard, Robert T. 
Hayes, George Holland and Wyatt Bell 
are working temporarily. 

THE LOCATION Department has five 
new permanent employees: Beverly W. 
Ball, James Y. Connor, William E. Grady, 
William F. Peabody and James R. Whis7i- 
ant . . . Graham W. Bostic, George A. 
Brinkley, Jr., Ralph N. Carroll, Jr., John 

D. Edwards, Jr., Jwnies H. Fleming, 
Joseph R. Lucas, Jr., Heath L. Pemberton, 
Jr., Fred A. Powledge, J. C. Smith, Bryant 
K. Wicker, and John D. Wray are work- 
ing temporarily . . . Louise High plans 
to take a one week vacation in July . . . 
The new lithographed county maps, re- 
vised to January, 1953, should be avail- 
able about the middle of July . . . Senior 
locating engineer Herbert ChappelVs wife 

The Yount Brothers, troiii left, Otto F. of Hickory, Homer Jl. of Olivia, ami 
Floyd S. of Hickory, have given all together almo,st 100 years of useful service 
to the State Highway Commission. Otto and Floyd started their work wheu the 
Commission was first organized. Otto was a bridge construction superintendent; 
Floyd succeeded him when Otto left briefly on an Edgecombe County project. 
Homer has been a bridge inspector for many years. Tn 1940. Otto retired. Floyd is 
still a bridge maintenance superintendent. 

Otto F. Yount, 73, died June 18, of a heart attack at his home in Hickory. Among 
other projects, he supervised the construction of both the Trent River and the 
Neuse River bridges at New Bern, the addition of the two top stories of the old 
State Highway Building in Raleigh, and the construction of the old equipment 
depot — "truck patch" — on the State Fairgrounds. For many years, he was super- 
intendent of roads for Edgecombe County. Otto F. Yount was awarded the 1947 
I). B. McCrary Award for outstanding work and meritorious service. 

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Minnie O. Yount; two sons, O. F. Yount, Jr., 
and M. P. Yount of Rocky Mount; four daughters, Mrs. D. L. Rink, Mrs. H. J. 
Seabock, Mi-s. Johnny Lineberry, all of Hickory, and Miss Louise Yount of Fayette- 




Last issue through a mix-up on the editor's part, we credited the wrong little 
boy to Jesse and Janie Wilson. To set the record straight, their son, John Coleridge 
Wilson, is on the left. 

On the right is Al Smith, 14 month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Smith. Al is 
the youngest of their five children. His dad, Jay, is a field mechanic with the 
equipment department In Union. 

recently had a major operation in Watts 

THE PARKING LOT, back of the new 
highway building, has now been paved 
with asphaltic concrete . . . The spaces 
have been numbered and assigned. 

BOB BURGH'S secretary, Ruth Parker- 
son, was recently elected secretary of 
Raleigh's Business and Professional 
Women's Club . . . She attended the 
BPWC State Convention in Blowing 

THE FOLKS in Statistics were sadden- 
ed by the death of Bill Sedherry, May 31 
. . . He had been with the Commission 
for several years . . . He is survived by 
his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Linehan Sedberry, 
and a son, W. B. Sedberry, III . . . Urs. 
Jo Birta Feroe resigned in June to return 
to New York with her husband . . . 
Dorothy Smith is limping; she broke her 
little toe . . . W. H. Taylor spent a we.ek 
in Murphy . . . Gilfredo Gonzalez and 
his wife are flying to Cuba for a three- 
week visit with his family . . . Jim 
Maddrey resigned to resume his engi- 
neering studies at State College . . . Guy 
Farmer took a week's vacation in June 
. . . J. D. Bradford spent a week at his 
old home in Boone . . . Carl Wilson has 
been sick in Rex Hospital. 

OUR DEEPEST sympathy to WiUiaiii 
R. Phelps in the death of his mother and 
to Graham Egerton in the death of his 
sister, Mrs. Florence E. Underbill. 

LANDSCAPE man Worth L. Korrell 
took a week's vacation in June . . . Kay 
Harris marked her six- month work an- 
niversary in June as a steno in the Land- 
scape Department. 

IN ACCOUNTING, Lucille Pittman is 
recuperating from a recent operation; 
Helda Ray is recovering from her illness 


. . . We hope to soon see both girls back 
on the job . . . Ida Bell's husband, Alfred, 
graduated in aeronautical engineering 
from State College; she's resigned to go 
with him on his job in Hartford, Connect- 
icut . . . Edith Crocker and family plan 
to vacation at the beach . . . Anne Wins- 
loio and Mary Price are working temp- 

RIGHT-OF-WAY Engineer T. B. Wilson 
came back from Florida but he had a 
setback so he's now in the Veterans Hos- 
pital in Fayetteville . . . Peggy Taylor 
vacationed for a week with her five 
roommates at Virginia Beach . . . Hilda 
Russell stocked up her deepfreeze with 
fresh fish; she spent a week, in May, 
fishing at Kure's Beach . . . S. H. 
Shearin, Jr., spent a week-end at Carolina 
Beach . . . Maddrey Bass, right-of-way 
engineer in the old Third Division, has 
resigned to go into private business. 


Davis reports that he has four new divi- 
sion equipment superintendents: W. B. 
Coley at Wilmington, J. E. Gregson at 
Asheboro, J. .s'. Zimmerman at North 
Wilkesboro, and Boyd Hamilton at Sylva 
. . . His old division equipment superin- 
tendents will be located at the following 
places: W. J. Davis. Hertford; J. L. 
McDonald, Greenville; G. A. Brinkley, 
Wilson; J. H. Alford, Durham; J. W. 
Upton. Fayetteville; D. B. Thomas, 
Greensboro; R. F. Hunter, Winston- 
Salem; P. R. McCorkle. Charlotte; J. F. 
Ahernathy, Shelby; and R. L. Cox, Bilt- 

THREE GALS in 'E.(\u\vment— Margaret 
Seagroves, Frances Stephenson and Edith 
Williams — have taken week-end jaunts to 
the beach. 

DOWN in Highway Purchasing, Chris 
Chamjnon and her husband spent ten 
days in Florida . . . Bill Reaves took his 
family to Florida for sun and rest . . . 
Betsy Penny is taking a leave of absence; 
Jim Burcli's daughter, Margaret, will 
take her place for the summer . . . Jim 
Potter's wife is convalescing from a re- 
cent operation at Rex Hospital . . . Betty 
Wilkins recently passed her five-year 
work anniversary. 

A LEISURELY afternoon of fishing 
was recently interrupted for John Morson 
when a snake jumped in his boat . . . 
You'll have to see him for the details. 

IT'S GRAND to see Barbara Sykes 
back in the legal department . . . Lib 
L%icas filled in while she was recuperat- 
ing in Florida . . . Virginia Lyons is 
mighty proud of her brand new niece 
and namesake, Virginia Amanda Wyatt. 

LOUIS PAYNE'S secretary. Avis 
Knight, has returned from a week at 
Wrightsville Beach with her son and his 

OVER in the lab, Pete Bourke and his 
wife spent two weeks at Carolina Beach 
. . . Lucille Craivford is back from a visit 
with her sister, Peggy, in New Mexico . . . 
F. S. Hardy has been sick in Rex Hospital 
. . . The girls in the front office are de- 

Officers of Stokesdale Eastern Star 

Auto parts supervisor Charlie Heywood Goodwin, on the right, was recently 
elected Worthy Patron of the Stokesdale Chapter of Eastern Star. Goodwin works 
in the old Fifth Division garage at Greensboro. His fellow employees are glad to 
see him receive this high honor. 



New Chief de Gare 

Haia-y Long, on the right, as newly- 
elected Chef de Gare of Voiture 1400 of 
Forty and Kight, receives the gavel of 
his office. Harry is also chairman of the 
Mecklenburg Chapter of NCSHEA. 

lighted with the new light green painted 

BRIDGE engineers T. B. Gunter, Jr.. 
and L. C. Dillard attended a bridge com- 
mittee meeting of the AASHO in Birm- 
ingham, Alabama, June 22-24. 

AT THE RALEIGH Equipment Depot 
the following men have 30 or more years 
of highway service: D. A. Dickens, B. F. 
Allen, T. R. Buchanan, Z. D. Bunch. D. H. 
Jones, Excell Phillips, James C. Hmith, 
Grover B. Woodell, H. M. Frallck, Henry 
C. Gillis, H. B. Holt, D. E. Matthews, 
J. L. Matthews, J. H. Page. R. C. Sed- 
herry, R. B. Setzer, R. E. Shuffler, Wil- 
liam H. Sloan, W. A. Tyson and 8. I. 
Saunders who retired in May . . . These 
folks have at least 25 years of service to 
their credit: Charlie H. Allred, Frank E. 
Godhold, Jesse S. Hawkins, Minnie L. 
Hornbuckle, Ertvin King, H. 0. Layton, 

G. P. McGhee, J. C. Phillips, J. H. Bryson, 

H. E. Young, C. H. Mooneyham. George 
J. Moore, and James B. Ross . . . These 
people have chalked up 20 or more years 
of service: Frank R. Neville, James D. 
Roberts, J. M. Adams, R. E. Danielly, 
Nina Vera Graham, Echie Henderson, 
Walter R. Highsmith, Leivis E. Johnson, 
Everett W. Lassiter, and E. T. Pearce. 

an attendant in her brother's June 
wedding in Winterville. 

THE FOLKS on the north side of the 
second floor gave a surprise cake and 
coke party for Joe Crawford on the day 
before he left his highway work. 

FEDERAL Contact Engineer R. R. 
Trevathan and his wife celebrated their 
twenty-fifth wedding anniversary at a 
lovely reception, June 12. 


F OUR NEW citizens were recently 
born in the old Second Division . . . 

Junior right-of-way engineer Richard 
Grantham Gregory and his wife, Ann, 
are the proud parents of an eight-pound 
l)oy who was born May 25 . . . The Grady 
Luptons announce the birth of a son, 
Grady, Jr., April 23 . . . Mr. and Mrs. 
R. L. Woolard have a new baby who was 
born May 16 . . . The Woodroir W. Clarks 
announce the birth of a daughter, Freddie 
Jean, on May 27. 

a new employee in the stock room with 
the equipment department. 

ASA MOORE, section foreman in Pitt 
County, is at his home in Winterville 
recuperating from an operation . . . Joe 
Hamilton. Jr.. of Columbia is back at 
woi'k after an illness of three months. 

SERVICE AWARDS were presented to 
the following: For five years, William 
Lee Ebron, Clyde Laroque Gray, Julius 
Joyner, John Franklin Phillips, L. M. 
Comstock, J. M. Congleton, Jr., William 
H. Craddock, M. F. Gibbs, H. H. Hill, and 
M. L. McKeel . . . For ten years, Leon 

Under Construction 

Resident engineer J. E. Terrell took 
picture of Link Belt Spreader in use on 
project 8135, McDovvell-Burke. H. K. 
Stewart of Asheville is contractor. 

Bryant Cox, Dave Pegram, Preston 
Lamuel Fields, R. E. Leivis, F. M. O'Neal, 
J. E. Phelps, and D. E. Sawyer . . . 
Fifteen years, John Frederick Rouse, 
B. L. Gibbs, and Guy Gibbs . . . For 20 
years, 0. F. Austin . . . For 25 years, 
J. J. (Hlbert, W. C. Peed, and A. J. Taylor 
. . . For 30 years, Lewis Forrest Waters. 

WE'RE GLAD that W. L. Norman was 
able to return to work in May after a 
lengthy illness . . . W. H. Blake was re- 
cently out sick for a month . . . E. L. 
Moore, who has been out sick since 
March, was discharged from the Veterans 
Hospital at Kecoughtan, Virginia, in May 
. . . We're sorry that he had a relapse 
and had to return to the hospital. 

TWO YOUNG couples celebrated six- 
month wedding anniversaries in June 
. . . The M. P. DeBruhls were married last 
December 6; the B. C. Wests of New 
Bern were married last December 13. 


Vacations . . . Resident engineer 
W. M. Ingram of Kenansville took a group 
of high school students on a trip to 
Washington, D. C. in May . . . They saw 
two home games of the Senators . . . 
The E. C. TyndaUs visited their daughter 
and son-in-law, Lt. and Mrs. R. F. Hasty, 
in Ft. Benning, Georgia, recently. 

THE SICK LIST . . . Senior bridge 
foreman Boh Travis of Clinton has re- 
covered from a serious operation and is 
now at work . . . Lawrence Smith of the 
lab in Fayetteville is back on the job 
after a two-month stay in the Veterans 
Hospital . . . R. D. Broivn of the Construc- 
tion Department in Kenansville is back 
in the hospital with a spinal disorder . . . 
Duplin County gang foreman G. B. Brown 
is convalescing at his home from a major 
operation in the Clinton Memorial Hos- 

SENIOR landscape engineer James A. 
Saunder, Sr., of Burgaw had a "catty" 
experience . . . Before leaving on a trip 
to Fayetteville recently, Jimmy heard a 
cat's "meow" in his car ... A thorough 
check of his car at the district shop and 
tlie division shop produced no cat . . . 
J. V. Coley investigated . . . Sure enough, 
he found a cat behind the mud deflector 
. . . Jimmy was relieved ... At least, 
he wasn't just hearing things. 

OUR SYMPATHY to the family of 
.1. //. (Roy) Griffln of Cerro Gordo who 
died May 17 . . . Griffin retired in 1945 
after 30 years service; he was main- 
tenance supervisor in Columbus County. 

THE COLUMBUS County chapter of 
NCSHEA met May 29 at the highway shop 
in Whiteville . . . About 87 members and 
guests enjoyed barbecued chicken and 
catfish stew . . . Unit chairman Sam 
Wilson and Otis Banks were on hand . . . 


The Duplin Chapter of NCSHEA held 
its regular Aijril meeting at the highway 
garage in Kenansville. It was Ladies 
Night. About 90 folks attended. Fried 
chicken, with all the trimmings, was 
served. After dinner, square dancing wavS 




Outline of the 14 highway divisions as set 


Editor Willard Cole of Whiteville's l^ews 
Reporter was a guest . . . Tyndall O'Berry 
and Dewey Hester of Raleigh came down. 

CONGRATULATIONS to^ Maintenance 
supervisor B. T. (Mutt) Bordeaux of 
Bladen County and section foreman A. Q. 
Detv of Columbus County on passing 30- 
year work anniversaries . . . Section fore- 
man Albert Wehrhahn has completed 25 
years service; Lee Roy Woodlief, super- 
visory foreman, 20 years. 

MR. AND MRS. J. E. Bullard of Clinton 
announce the birth of a son, April 10, 
in the Sampson Memorial Hospital . . . 
Bullard is with the construction depart- 



llELCOME to Jimmy J. Bishop of 
Kenly . . . He's a new mechanic in the 
division shop at Wilson. 

WHEN STENO Ahna Moore vacationed 
up north recently, Frank Martin thought 
up this little poem : 

"Alma's going to see her Tony, 
She ain't walking, she ain't got no pony, 
She's ridin' in style in a great big car, 
'Cause the quicker she gets to her Tony, 
the better off she are." 

THE EARL CRUMPS vacationed in 
Michigan . . . The folks in the old Fourth 
will certainly miss their assistant divi- 
sion engineer now that he's been moved 
to the Raleigh office as director of per- 
sonnel . . . They wish him much success 
and happiness in his new work. 

COMMISSIONER Robinson recently 
visited the division office . . . The Fourth 
Division employees hope Mr. Rohinson 
will enjoy being commissioner . . . They 
pledge him their services and cooperation. 

A FORMER employee, Mrs. D. M. 

(Margaret) Howell of the Greensboro 
office, came by the division office recently 
. . . It was good to see her again! 

THE DAVE HANCOCKS have a brand 
new baby girl named Susan . . . The Owen 
Etheridges announce the birth of a boy 
on May 19 . . . Both Dave and Oioen are 
with the location department. 

STENO Audrey Lamm recently spent 
the week-end in Snow Hill with her 

MR. AND MRS. T. J. McKim have 
returned from a short visit with relatives 
in New York. 

IT'S GOOD to see Charlie Wheeler out 
of the hospital . . . He was in an accident 
several months ago . . . Prison guard 
Claude H. Abbott injured his back when 
he leaned against a rail around the 
guard tower, the rail broke, and he fell 
to the ground . . . We hope both men will 
soon be back on the job. 




the Governor and a five-man stLsdy grP^LJp 

WORK was started May 25, on the last 
road in Nash County to he built under 
the bond program. 

OUR SYMPATHY to the family of 
section foreman D. H. Bone of Wilson 
County who died April 11 . . . Bone had 
been with the Commission continuously 
since 1941 except for a one-year tenure 
in the Army . . . He is survived by his 
wife, the former Estelle Davis, and two 

TWO MEN — James J. Wester and 
Harold Young — have returned to work 
with the Nash highway crew . . . Wester 
served two years with the Army Engi- 
neers in Iceland; Young was wounded by 
enemy artillery in Korea. 

BILL HARRISON is back on main- 
tenance after a stint with the Armed 
Forces in Germany. 

THE E. T. COZARTS announce the 

recent birth of a seven pound, eight ounce 
baby boy, Michael Thomas ... A son 
was born recently to Mr. and Mrs. O. L. 
Perry of Wake Forest. 

THE WAKE COUNTY chapter of 
NCSHEA held its annual meeting and 
barbecue at the old shop on the fair- 
grounds, May 29 . . . Officers for the 
coming year were elected: K. G. Andries- 
sen, chairman; F. R. Hunter, vice-chair- 
man; and >S'. B. Caviness, secretary- 
treasurer . . . E. N. Choplin, J. J. 
Johnson, L. 0. King, L. 8. Guy, R. A. 
Martin, Munn McLean, J. W. Bailey, 
L. A. Crook, and Howard Symes were 
elected delegates to the State Meet this 
fall ... A. J. Maynard and K. L. Horton, 
Jr., were elected alternate delegates. 

CONGRATULATIONS to those passing 
work anniversaries ... 30 years: F. M. 
Edgerton, T. J. McKim, H. T. Noell, 
C. W. Croom, C. H. Giles, 8. 0. Southall, 

Jr., F. W. Morse, W. P. Pearse, J. H. 
8mith, and A. W. Fowler. 

Twenty-five years, E. A. Crump, J. V. 
Walter, C. R. Cherry, J. J. Cole, Jr., 
W. N. Holland, J. E. Joyner, J. E. 8pence. 
Clyde Haskett, Paul Jackson, L. G. Mur- 
phy, G. W. Pruitt, W. G. 8mith, T. D. 
Cannon, M. P. Yount, and W. J. Ezzell. 

Twenty years: F. H. Edwards, W. H. 
Ellen, W. 8. Powell, J. Burrell Connor, 
Mary Edmundson, Ivan Hardesty, L. 0. 
King, C. B. Bullock, T. D. Grantham, 
Munn McLean, R. G. Abrams, 8. M. 
Anderson, Henry Braswell, J. E. Carter, 
Luby Cook. W. E. Flowers, E. B. Godwin, 
R. W. Hawkins, E. Resley Hill, 8. L. 
King, J. B. Manning, E. R. 8kinner, 
Marvin Baker, George Deans, Joe F. 
Edwards, J. W. Evans, E. D. Herring, 
Arlando Hill, W. D. Hinton, Harvey Hol- 
lingsworth, Dilioyen Hollowell. Albert 
Kornegay, H. P. Pollard, A. N. Smith, 




M. D. lA'^lfdc'ei' H'enry- '"WiOQ^i^s, W.; -It. \ 
Woodall, E. R. Adams' Richard Baker,' 
C. L. Barloto, 0. L. Cocley H. M. Fergu- 
son, Fred N'. GooUivin, it. W. Ghptoyi; J. B. 
Harris, C. E. Martin, A. M. Maynard, 
T. W. Mooneyham, B. G. Morris, P. G. 
Murphy. H. V. Pruitt, E. B. Stell, C. P. 
Styles, J. H. Thomason. 

Fifteen years: J. P. Broicn. R. W. 
Daivson, P. A. Fulghum, Sidney F. 
Holmes, W. L. Kemp, 8. R. Livesay, R. W. 
Moore, Karl G. Andriessen, Wade R. 
Brooks, Jr., W. E. Hawkins. Jr.. T. O. 
Joyner. Herbert 8. McDonald, W. M. 
Corbett, Willaj-d Daniel, J. V. Kemp, 
Ernest Lamm, J. C. Overman, J. W. 
Savage, H. A. Turner, M. P. Yount, W. G. 
Daniels, Perry Hampton Jackson, Jesse 
Roland Johnson, James C. Massengill, 
Paul G. Smith, P. N. Breedlove, L. D. 
Bunn, 0. L. Honeycutt, Clayton Hoxoell, 
W. J. Lindsey, R. A. Martin, M. Z. Morris, 
0. A. Ross, Mabel T. Askea, and C. L. 

Ten Years: Edgar Allen Bryant, Joseph 
Frank Martin, W. B. Barnes, P. J. Harper, 
Walter Mullins, Charles R. Narron, J. G. 
Peele, L. W. Perry, J. A. Radford, Jimmy 
Stallings, J. L. Womble, Lonnie W. Green, 
M. H. Boyette, Archie Blackman, E. E. 
Bordeaux, Jack Daivson, Kennon Jackson. 
Edgar Kearney, Davis Medlin, Paul 
Mitchell, Randolph Nichols, Paul Chalk. 
P. D. Ellis, E. E. Faulkner, Henry Gordon, 
E. H. Harrison, Z. Z. Keith, A. L. Knight. 
J. W. Mitchiner. G. L. Newton, CMrence 
Pearce, W. Ben Pearce, P. R. Ray, Hart- 
n^ell B. Rogers, J. B. Rogers, P. G. Stain- 
back, R. P. Murphy, R. L. Bailey, J. T. 

In Air Service 

Miles Hughes, an employee with the 
Shelby Construction Department, enter- 
ed Military Service in April. He's taking 
his training at Lackland Air Force Base, 
San Antonio, Texas. His father, Leonard 
Hughes, is employed with the equipment 


Bdlianc^, ,R. M. Best, and M. E. Bowden. 

Five years: Ernestine V. Leonard. 
Waqtfi' H. Pridgen, Jr., Percy Garner, 
W. 'C^' Jordan, Jack Turner, R. B. White, 
Joseph E. Allen, J. R. Barnes, Stephen D. 
Barnes, Elton R. Batten, George Beamon, 
Thomas J. Boardman, J. B. Chamblee, 
Howard B. Davis, John Harold Davis, 
William J. Ezzell. Jr., P. P. Hancock. 
Hoivwrd W. Harris, J. B. Harrison. Fred- 
erick J. Hettinger, James Allen Hodge. 
Jr., C. E. Holden, Frank D. Holding, 
H. L. Joyner, Foster L. May, C. E. Moore, 
Robert J. Murphy, W. B. Noivell. Johnnie 
Cooper Parker, E. H. Paschall, Howard 
A. Peacock. Walter J. Pettigrew, Hugh 
Y. Ti-ulington, James Willard Vick, 
Charlie Wheeler, Jr., Charlie B. Wood, 
Robert Amerson, Luther Ayers, Billy 
Baker, Pervis Bissette, Homer Bottoms, 
H. P. Boyette, B. C. Boykin, J. E. Cook, 

"Snow" White 

Mr. and Mrs. Gene White of Shelby 
have nicknamed their little six-month 
old daughter, Phyllis Renee, "Snow" 
White. Gene works in Right-of-Way. 

W. L. Creekmore, A. Z. Crisp, F. H. 
Edicards, Elton A. Fulghum, Marvin 
Garris, G. H. Griffin, B. J. Hoivell, B. L. 
Issette, J. C. Jones, Jr., P. D. Medlin. 
C. P. Moss, T. M. Moss, W. G. Moss. 
Archie Murry, Henry Murry, James 
Murry, C. L. Narron. E. W. Owens, W. C. 
Page. F. H. Pennington, Coon Pittman, 
Jr.. B. 8. Strickland, C. B. Taylor, R. C. 
Taylor. Joseph Tedder, Millard Watson, 
James J. Wester. W. H. Whitefield, John 
Williams, Z. H. Williams, Ralph Barnes. 
L. V. Beasley. Claude K. Boyette, Elwood 
Boyette, L. O. Broicn, 0. W. Bryant, 
J. Henry Bunn, R. S. Crocker, W. B. 
Crocker, Everette F. Currie, Walter 
Junior Daniels, W. Leamon Daughtry. 
Herbert 8. Davis, Edgar Driver, Ernest 
R. Easton, William Edwards, William I. 
Ellis, James Faircloth, Thurman B. 
Field, Stacy C. Fulghum., Prentice E. 


Recent Bride 

Gladys Julia Brown, daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. W. O. Brown of Boone, was 
married to Earl B. Payne, April 24. 

The double ring ceremony was per- 
formed by the Rev. E. F. Troutman. 

Mrs. Payne is a graduate of States- 
ville's Davis Hospital School of Nursing 
and did post-gi*aduate work at Pro\'i- 
dence Lying-in Hospital in Rhode 
Island. She is now a member of Watauga 
Hospital Nursing staff. 

The bridegroom attended ASTC in 
Boone before serving in the Army Aii- 
Force during World War II. He grad- 
uated iiv Civil Engineering from State 
College in 1950. Now he's with thej 
Highway Construction Department in 

The couple are at home at 202 Oak 
Street, Boone. 

Garris, Grover Grady, Nelson M. Holland 
John Hollingsworth, Hiram L. Johnson 
Ethro Jones, Francis M. Jones, Robert R 
Kornegay, Major Lane, R. E. Little. Henri 
Lynch, Edward Mozingo, Otis Myers] 
Gordon L. McCullen, Herman A. Neivell: 
Davis C. Poole, W. C. Price, Lacy C 
Rabon, Ronal E. Sauls. Earl Sloan, Johi 
Sloan, J. A. Smith, R. C. Smith, L. A 
Stanley, James D. Stevens, N. M. Sviu 
merlin. Daniel P. Taylor, Paul Thompson 
Charlie Turner, J. B. Tyndall, Luby ( 
Tyner. Aaron Waddell. Elmer Walhic- 
Elton I. Watson. Vernon Wells, M. I 
Woodard, Frank J. Worley. E. D. Bah 
J. A. Baker. E. J. Burloiv, W. L. Battot i 
77. L. Blackard, C. W. Brown, J. R. Bronn. | 
M. L. Bunn, R. M. Catlett, 8. B. Cavines: | 
J. D. Champion, A. G. Davis, L. A. Del I 
nam. Mallie Dillard. 0. D. Edwards, J. L ^ 
Faulkner, J. A. Franklin. F. H. Gallowaf 
J. R. Harris, W. L. Harris, B. L. Harr 
son, Paul Hocutt, 8. J. Howard, D. / * 
Johnson, J. J. Johnson. J. L. Johnsoi ^ 
R. H. Johnson, Elvertis Jones, 1. D. Jonei * 
H. E. Journegan, J. W. King, H. 1 'l| 
Leonard, T. A. Matthews, H. T. Moss, G. 1 % 



Nelins, L. M. Uverbij, B. B. Pearce, D. A. 
Pearce, R. M. Pendergraft. L. R. Perry, 

I L. L. Pippin, R. B. Pitcl-etf, R. 0. Rich- 
ards, C. P. Slc(h/c. Siiiuni S)nitJi, M. E. 
Stephenson, V. A. t< takes, J. M. Sykes, 
S. W. Sykes, C. D. Tant. H. T. Tengen, 
S. Q. Wade, J. F. White, W. R. Wilder, 
C. B. Williams, T). F. Williams, K. M. 

IWood, Charlie N. Woodard, W. S. Wood- 
lief, G. C. Wrenn, 0. R. Barbour. C. W. 
Blackmon, G. L. Creech, R. H. Denton, 

•(?. C. Eason. A. C. Edwards, G. W. 
Mitchell, R. A. Pearce, E. G. Price, L. R. 
Price, W. <). Puckett, V. H. Sellers, James 
C. Sellers. L. L. Sellers, Wades Strick- 
land, C. A. Thompson, G. T. Williamson, 

\j. T. Elmore, Vernice F. Bentdn. C. L. 
Miller, and Daniel Vick. 


I ACATIONS . . . Mr. and Mrs. K. R. 
Scott motored to Waco, Texas, recently 
to see their son, James Morton Scott, 
receive his wings and commission as a 
Second Lieutenant as a radar observer in 
the Air Force . . . The Scotts are all smiles 
since tlie recent birth of their first grand- 
child, a little girl . . . The L. H. Wilsons 
recently spent two weeks in Florida visit- 
ing their son, Lewis, Jr. 

NORMAN C. Mcpherson of Graham 
is a new employee. 

THREE MEN recently resigned: 
Robert Fulcher and W. W. Whitaker of 

Gave Shad Barbecue 

In April, ^]ighth Division Comniis- 
^sioner Forrest Lookey (then Mayor of 
II Aberdeen) gave his annual "shad bake" 
,jat the Aberdeen Lake. His guests 
J) appreciated his generosity and thor- 
joughly enjoyed the occasion. 


Charles G. Ashby, Jr., of Elkin was 
named Boy of the Month in April by 
his high school Student Council. 

He was cited for his fine school spirit 
and achievements in journalism. Charles 
was the sports writer on his school 
paper. He graduated in April. 

His dad is the new district engineer 
at Elkin. 

Greensboro; and Herman B. Mann of 

MAINTENANCE supervisor J. I. 
Lynch's wife, Marjorie, was confined to 
Cone Hospital . . . She's home now and 
recovering nicely . . . District mechanic 
E. A. Sloan is back on the job after a 
stay in Watts Hospital . . . Webb Fred- 
erick, G. F., was in the hospital. 

TWO MEN— J. H. (Judge) Poole of 
Durham County maintenance and E. H. 
Satterfield, T. D. of Person County — plan 
to retire after 20 years service in July. 

DURHAM COUNTY feels proud to 
have a Governor, a Highway Commis- 
sioner and a Division Oflice, all from and 
in their borders. 

THE DISTRICT One office of East Club 
Boulevard in Durham will be the new 
Division headquarters. 

AFTER ten years as resident engineer 
in Durham, W. S. Sizer is trading places 
in July witli Roger Dawtin in Lexington 
. . . Bill's fellow workers will miss him, 
l)ut welcome Dawtin. 

RESIDENT engineer George Hogan is 
back in Oxford working on the by-pass. 

ROY BEARD, maintenance supervisor 
of Granville County, has a new hobby — 
raising Boston Bull Dogs. 

AFTER TWO YEARS in the Army, 
H. R. Hicks and E. R. Bowes are back 
on highway work . . . Hicks who saw 
action in Korea is a M. O. (Pan) Opera- 
tor; Bowes is a M. O. (TO). 



IhE old SIXTH had 52 people eligi- 
ble for five-year service buttons; 27 for 
ten-years; five for 15-years; five for 20- 
years; and four for 25-years. 

MAY 22, George 8. Coble, past com- 
missioner, gave a party for the division 
supervisory personnel and department 
heads from the Raleigh office . . . New 
commissioners C. A. Hasty of Maxton, 
Forrest hockey of Aberdeen -and James 
A. Gray, Jr., of Winston-Salem were 
present . . . T. G. Poindexter, on behalf 
of the supervisory personnel, gave Coble 
a week-end bag . . . Past Chairman Henry 
W. Jordan gave a short talk. 

TEMPORARY rodmen who are work- 
ing for the summer include: John Koonce 
and Riley Godley of Sanford; James Hay- 
icorth of Asheboro; William Flinchum 
of Carthage; and James D. Hunter of 
Siler City. 

TWO MEN— Inspector .1. E. Hamilton 
of Randolph County and Assistant Divi- 
sion Engineer A. J. Hughes — had recent 
heart attacks . . . Hamilton is in the 
Veterans Hospital in Fayetteville; Hughes 
is in the Randolph County Hospital . . . 
Get well wishes to both! 

OUR SYMPATHY to the families of 
gang foreman Charlie M. Vick of Lee 
County, MGO Barney Lamb of Robeson 
County, and SF James G. Nye in Robeson 
County, who died recently . . . Charlie 
had been with the State for 23 years; 
he was only 47 . . . Barney had 29 years 
of service; he was 48 . . . Nye was 66; 
he'd been with the State since 1945. 

DIVISION engineer T. G. Poindexter's 
son, Thomas G., Jr., graduated from 
Davidson College, June 1 . . . He's await- 
ing a call in service. 

RESIDENT engineer and Mrs. S. P. 
Swaringen announce the marriage of 
their daughter, Susan Page, to Alston 
Hayes Cheek. Jr., May 2, in the Page 
Memorial Methodist Church of Aberdeen. 

Engineer and Family 

Resident engineer John B. Jennette, 
Jr., of New Bern poses with his family. 
From left, see ten year-old Jo EUen, 
five year-old John Charles, and Mi's. 





Bridge maintenance superintendent 
K. R. Scott lines up with the bridge 
foremen in the old Sixth Division. From 
left, C. B. Patton of Sanford, L.. M. 
Mitchell of Asheboro, Scott, and E. B. 
Tonilinson of I/umberton. 


h SURPRISE housewarming was held 
at the home of the E. J. Brinkley's May 
25 . . . Guests brought picnic baskets 
and a supper of fried chicken, country 
ham and biscuits was spread . . . The 
Brinkley's received many nice gifts for 
their home. 

WEDDING BELLS . . . Charles Weldon 
Ballard, typist clerk in the equipment 
department, was married to Shirley 
Boston Heafner, May 24 in the Sugar 
Creek Presbyterian Church . . . Andrews 
Jackson Button, prison guard at the 
Wadesboro camp, was married to Mrs. 
Elsie Hill Bednego, May 18, in Chester- 
field, South Carolina. 

NEW BABIES . . . The Guy Faulkners 
of Polkton announce the birth of a 
daughter, Joanne, last December 31 . . . 
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Haywood of Norman 
are the proud parents of a daughter, 
Mary Ida, who was born March 22 . . . 
Mr. and Mrs. George C. Allen of Wades- 
boro have a new son, Jasper Eugene, who 
was born April 28 . . . Anson County camp 
steward and Mrs. F. 0. Black named their 
new daughter who was born May 8, "Caro- 
line Ann" . . . The W. F. Mar-tins an- 
nounce the birth of a daughter, Mary Sue, 
May 2 . . . Roy H. Garrison of Construc- 
tion is the proud papa of a baby daughter. 

OUR DEEPEST sympathy to R. L. 
Brown, Mecklenbui'g County Road Main- 
tenance Supervisor, in the recent death 
of his wife. 

THERE were lots of smiling faces 
when the May pay checks were passed 
out . . . Thanks to all for the promptness 
and extra money. 

THE ROWAN County chapter of 
NCSHEA had a fine barbecue at their last 
monthly meeting in Salisbury. 

WE'RE SORRY that J. B. Markham, 
Troy gang foreman with 30 years service, 
has been out sick . . . We hope he'll be 
back on the ,iob soon. 

F. S. FREEZE, mechanic of Salisbury, 
is back after a siege with the flu. 

FISH TALES . . . Gang foreman J. D. 
Hchenk of Rowan County reports a nice 
catch of mulletts off the coast of Carolina 
Beach . . . Gang foreman J. R. Lyerly of 
Rockwell returned empty-handed from 
a recent fishing trip in Little River, South 
Carolina . . . Prison camp superintendent 
R. S. Lowe has been catching bream and 
bass in the local ponds. 

THANKS ... A picnic dinner was 
served recently to section foreman W. C. 
Kesler's men at the home of H. L. Kluttz 

Jan and BeyrI 

iMrs. Beyrl Mateer, who is a former 
secretary in the old Fifth Division office, 
is the i)roud mother of Jan Elise who 
was born March 7. This is the Mateer's 
first child and "like mother, like daugh- 
ter", the girl is a redhead and <inite 

in St. Peter's Church Community . . . 
About 25 men enjoyed the dinner ... It 
was given in appreciation for a fine 
construction job on the Poultry Farm 

TWO RESIDENTS of the Immamu-; 
Church Community — Jack Goodman and 
Homer Safrit — gave dinners recently to 
section foreman G. G. Castor's men . . . 
They said "Thank you" for the good work 
on their Community Road. 

gratulations to Claude L. Rogers for 25 
years ... To Will J. Alexander and 
William M. Plyler for 20 ... To Henry 
V. Edwards and Zeh V. Goodman for 15 
. . . To H. F. Jones, William L. Brown, 
James 8. Dulin, William T. Duncan, 
Harold Helms, Wilburn A. Irvin, B. D. 
McKee, W. Roscoe McWhorter, Ellis G. 
Price, James C. Stikeleather, Jr., Carl C. 
StroAon, and Wesley Btraivn for ten years 

. . . And to D. C. Shepherd, D. W. Schenk, 
A. A. Cannon, Leroy Troutman, H. C. 
Graham, C. R. Boggs, P. L. Daniel, Clar- 
ence D. Baucom, Coy E. Broome, George 
F. Deese, Charlie G. Denson, Claude M. 
Shaw, and Lester M. Pender for five years 
of service. 


ReID FORREST, supervisory foreman 
of Stokes County, was confined to the 
City Memorial Hospital in Winston-Salem 
in April ...E.G. Collins, section fore- 
man's helper of Stokes County, has been 
on sick leave since February ... To each, 
we wish a speedy recovery. 

OUR SYMPATHY to the family of 
supervisory foreman L. M. Graves of 
Davie County who died May 12 ... He 
is survived by Mrs. Graves and a 



I ACATIONS . . . Mr. and Mrs. Ken 
Mauney and son, Eric, spent some time 
recently in Florida . . . Construction 
employee H. D. Smith of Shelby recently 
took a few days off, as did W. H. Barrett 
. . . Resident engineer P. L. Cantrell of 
Statesville attended his class (1913) re- 
union at the North Georgia College in 
Dahlonega, the last of May . . . Resident 
engineer Smith of Rutherfordton visited 
his son, Hubert, who is in the Air Force 
in Florida . . . J. G. Haynes is back at 
work after a short vacation. 

THERE are three new construction 
employees at the Marion ofiice — A. R. 
Thompson of Tryon, Cecil F. Laughridge 

In Texas 

A/3c Guyan Ensley is stationed at 
Sheppard Field, Texas. His father, sec- 
tion foreman G. Smith Ensley, has been 
with the State since 1945. 




Hi Ho, Silver! 

Maintcnaiico siipervisor Ab Carter of 
the old Sixth Division is niountert on his 
favorite stallion. 

of Marion, and Alvin L. Neal of Old Fort. 

SERVICE NEWS . . .R. H. Bowman is 
taking Army training at Independence, 
Missouri . . . Dean C. Elliott of Marion 
is training at Fort Jackson. South Caro- 

AFTER FIVE years service with the 
construction department at Marlon, L. C. 
Duncan resigned to accept employment 
with the W. E. Graham Construction 
Company . . . We wish him the best of 
luck in his new work. 

RESIDENT engineer J. E. Terrell re- 
cently bought a home in Nebo where he 
has resided since 1949. 

GET WELL WISHES to the father of 
Inspector M. G. Feimster . . . He's been 
seriously ill with a broken hip in the 
hospital at Taylorsville ... To Charlie 
Self of the construction party at Shelby 
who recently had an appendectomy in the 
Shelby Hospital . . . And to J. B. Riddle 
who was injured by a floor-sanding 
machine in March. 

OUR DEEPEST sympathy to the family 
of E. H. Cline who died April 29, at his 
home in Catawba County . . . He'd been 
a machine operator for many years. 

THE STORK delivered a little girl, 
Cathy Elaine, to the George S. Henley's 
of Newton, May 1, and a little boy, Landon 
Logan, to the J. B. Riddles, April 11. 

H. T. TEAGUE, J. D. Travis and S. H. 
Speaks were recently added to the 
permanent payroll. 

BLOOD flowed freely, and for a good 
cause, when the Red Cross Bloodmobile 
set up at the Iredell County prison camp 
in May . . . Prisoners and maintenance 
employees gave a total of 62 pints! 

married June .^8 to Betty Kendrick . . . 
He's with R. J. Albert's party in Shelby. 

IN APRIL service awards went to 

N. A. Kerley, C. V. Tilley and J. H. 
Westmoreland for 20 years of highway 
work ... To i?. A. Harris, D. C. Johnson, 
and C. E. Somers for ten . . . And to E. A. 
Bunion, C. F. Costner, E. D. Harris, C. S. 
Honeycutt. Z. H. Ikerd, F. W. Johnson. 
L. L. Price. F. A. Smith, H. M. Speecr 
and H. E. Traris for five years. 


Congratulations to the cecii d. 

Hoopers on the birth of a baby boy . . . 
To Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Chastain on the 
birth of a little girl . . . And to gang 
foreman and Mrs. George Postell on the 
))irth of their seventh little girl! 

OUR SYMPATHY to District Engineer 
E. L. Curtis in the recent death of his 
brother, John Terrell Curtis of Morganton 
. . . To J. Tom Watso7i in the deaths of 
his brother and sister-in-law in a car 
wreck ... To shovel operator John Ray 
Waldroup In the death of his father . . . 
And to Mrs. Roy Galloway in the death 
of her husband, gang foreman Roy Gallo- 

A FORMER Swain County gang fore- 
man— J2. L. Porter, S;-.— left May 30, for 
South America where he'll work for a 
construction company . . . Graham County 
truck driver Howard West also resigned 
to work for a construction company in 

WAYNE McCLUNG Is so proud of the 
19-inch brown trout he caught in Frank's 
Creek that he's having it mounted. 

FOLKS who passed work anniversaries 
include William Edgar West, 30 years; 
Henry Franklin Bryson and Dillie Gordon 
Raxter, 25; Byron G. Waldroop, Carl 
Bascomhe Wells and Roy T. Womack, 20; 
Lem Edgar Stewart, 15; Kelly Hyatt and 

Littlest Tucker 

The bright-eyed heartbreaker is Jean 
Kiiox Tucker, six month-old daughter of 
(he W. F. Tuckers. Bill is with the Con- 
struction Department in Charlotte. 

Old Road Scene 

First Division Equipment Superin- 
tendent \V. J. (Bill) Davis brought us 
some pictures made 30 years ago. That's 
an Adam.s Xo. 12 road machine on the 
left. On the right is an old World War 
I ten-ton Holt tractor. This shot was 
made of the grading in Cun-ituck 
County. Note the courthouse in the 

N. H. Smith, ten; and Paul 8. Ammons, 
Thomas Franklin Dillard and Don 
McGaha, five years. 

WE'RE GLAD to see H. 31. Hidgon, 
Ed Slaughter, Howard West, and H. H. 
Ledbetter back at work after recent 


The safety department has had 
several complaints regarding the placing 
of "Slow" and "One-Way Traffic" signs 
on heavily-travelled highways when main- 
tenance work was being done. Proper 
precautions were not taken to warn the 
motorists and protect the workmen. The 
warning signs were not placed far enough 
in advance of the work operations. 

The Safety Rules and Regulations say: 
"Particular attention must be given to 
the proper advance warning of traffic 
where patching operations are being con- 
ducted on a curve, or hill, and are hidden 
from the view of an approaching driver. 
The same applies to patching operations 
adjacent to narrow bridges or other haz- 
ardous points or conditions, such as when 
working In heavy traffic. Double advance 
warning, with flags, signs and lights, is 
required when these extra hazardous con- 
ditions exist, and in addition, a flagman 
must be stationed to warn traffic when 
there is poor visibility in the approach 
to the hazardous situation. Where major 
maintenance operations, as patching or 
resurfacing, interferes with traffic, a sign 
shall be placed 500 feet in advance of the 
operations warning traffic to 'Slow to 15 
Miles.' When one-way traffic is necessary, 
a sign 'Slow — One-Way Traffic' should 
be erected 300 feet to 400 feet in advance 
of the speed restriction." 







1. HE BUSY maintenance supervisor of 
Division Four, District One, is Clifton 
Whitaker Lewis. 

He was born January 10, 1894, in Scot- 
land Neck. He is a veteran of World 
War I. 

October 1, 1921, he started with the 
Commission as section foreman in Halifax 
County. Three years later he was trans- 
ferred to soil inspector on construction 
work on projects 166-7-8 in Northampton, 
Bertie and Hertford Counties. For one 
year he was section foreman in Halifax 
County. All together he has worked in 
nine eastern Carolina counties during his 
30 years of service. Since 1931, C. F. 
Gore has been his district engineer. 

His wife is the former Celia Sears. They 
are members of the Nahalah Presbyterian 
Church in Halifax County. They have one 
daughter, Mrs. Frances Ann Lewis Arbes. 

In his spare time, Lewis likes to fish, 
hunt, garden and do carpentry work. 

First district Engineer George E. 
Rike of the Ninth was born May 21, 1898, 
in Central, South Carolina. Upon gradua- 
tion from high school in 1916 and a stint 
in the Army during World War I, he 
worked with the Durham County engi- 
neering department. 

When the State Highway Commission 
was expanded in 1920 to meet the needs 
of the Good Roads program, he worked 
as rodman under J. B. Pridgen in the 
old Sixth District, on Gaston and Lincoln 
County projects. In 1924, he served as 
instrumentman under C. E. Brown on 
the Pee Dee River bridge between Wades- 
boro and Rockingham. He was promoted 


to resident engineer in 1925 and directed 
construction in Alexander County of 
roads from Taylorsville to the Wilkes 
County line and from Taylorsville to 
Millersville toward Hickory. Rike was 
resident engineer on paving Route 27 
from Cabarrus to Stanly county line. In 
1926-'27, he supervised the building of 
Route 151 from Concord to Union County 
line and Route 73 from Concord toward 
Davidson to the Mecklenburg County line. 

From 1928 to 1931, he directed the 
grading and paving from Mount Holly 
to Stanly; the location surveys from 
Mount Holly to Belmont, and Dallas to 
Bessemer City; the paving from Wades- 
boro to Ansonville and Morven; and the 
grading, structures and soil surfacing 
from Morven to South Carolina line. 

When the State absorbed the county 
road system in 1931, he was upped to 

(iKoiuiK i;. i:iKi: 

assistant district maintenance engineer of 
Davie, Rowan, Cabarrus and Stanly 
counties. Four years later he was pro- 
moted to district engineer. 

Rike supplemented his high school cer- 
tificate with an International Correspond- 
ence Schools course in civil engineering 
and a night school course in architectural 

He is a member of Salisbury's First 
Methodist Church. Rike is married to 
the former Augusta Helms. They live 
at 827 Mocksville Avenue. Gardening and 
fishing are his off-the-job interests. His 
civic ties include Masons, Lions Club 
(he's a former president), 40 & 8 (he's a 
former Chef de Gare), and the Elks (he's 
a former exalted ruler). 

Rike is a member of the American 
Legion, the N. C. Society of Engineers 
and the Professional Engineers of N. C. 


Division road oil supervisor 

Samuel B. Brinkley of the Twelfth start- 
ed his highway work back in 1921 as a 
section foreman (they were called 
"patrolmen" then) in Burke County. 

In his words, "There's nothing unusual 
to report (about my over 30 years of 
highway service) except that during the 
first three years I did a lot of walking in 
Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties. The 
roads were impassable during the winter. 
I made hikes between Spruce Pine and 
Bakersville, Spruce Pine and Plumtree, 
and between Burnsville and Bald Creek. 
I checked to see what the foremen need- 
ed. I remember that the hike from Spruce 
Pine to Bakersville was a two-day round 
trip — 12 miles each way." 

He was transferred several times in 
maintenance before assignment in 1932 as 
road oil supervisor of the old Fourth 
Division in Statesville. In 1937, he was 
transferred to Shelby and to his present 

Brinkley was born December 18, 1887, 
in Glen Alpine. His present address is 
603 West Warren Street, Shelby. He was 
educated in the public schools of Glen 
Alpine. Although his work is his chief 
interest, bear hunting is his hobby. 

He's proud of his six children. The 
oldest, C. B , is a Navy Commander with 
27 years of service and has two sons. E. J. 
Brinkley works with the State Highway 
Commission in Charlotte. Mrs. Blanch 
Thompson works with the Kingsport 
Electrical Company in Tennessee. Henry 
L. Brinkley is manager of the E. B. Stone 
Finance Company in Albemarle. Mrs. 
Betty Rose Lackey has one son and lives 
in Statesville. The youngest Brinkley, 
John Roy, is a Federal Forest Ranger in 
Las Vegas, New Mexico. 

S. B. Brinkley is a Baptist. 



Second district Engineer Charles 
Alexander ("Buck') Hayworth of the 
Eleventh was born February 21, 1890, in 
Chattanooga, Tennessee. He attended 
Carson Newman College and Baker 
Heimel for three years. 

May 1, 1921, he was hired by the State 
Highway Commission as a resident engi- 
neer. A month later when the State was 
expanded from five to nine districts, he 
worked out of Winston-Salem in Forsyth 
and Stokes County in the old Seventh 
District. Frank Page was Chairman. 
Charlie Upham was State Highway Engi- 
neer, and the fifty million dollar bond 
issue had just been passed. Hayworth 
was located in Rural Hall as resident 
icngineer. His first road of grading top 
soil construction was built between 
Winston-Salem and the Stokes County 
line. The material was moved entirely 
with mules and wheelers. 

His next big job was resident engineer 
on the first reinforced concrete pavement 
built by the State out of Winston-Salem 
on NC 60 (now US 421) to the Yadkin 
River. Hayworth recalls, "It took about 
18 months to complete this project. We 
used one steam shovel, one Rex Paver, 
one asphalt plant and about 50 mules and 
wheelers." On his next project — 12 miles 
of concrete pavement from Winston-Salem 
to Guilford County — only one concrete 
paver plus 75 mules and wheelers was 
used. Forsyth County furnished prisoners 
as laborers. 

In 1926, he worked briefly in the 
Raleigh office as resident maintenance 
engineer under W. E. Hawkins. Later 
he moved back to construction in the 
Piedmont and western part of the State. 
He covered all types of road work — 
grading, concrete and asphalt pavement, 
topsoil, etc. — from the Georgia line near 
Murphy to the Virginia line near Reids- 
ville. When the State took over the 
county roads in 1931, the State was again 
livided five ways with division engineers 


handling maintenance and four con- 
struction engineers handling all construc- 
tion. Hayworth handled construction in 
the western part of the State. He re- 
members, "We had a large amount of 
municipal work in Winston-Salem, Char- 
lotte, Gastonia and Asheville." 

From 1937 to 1941, he was assistant 
division engineer on maintenance and 
construction out of the North Wilkes- 
boro office. He was transferred to Boone 
as district engineer on maintenance. The 
last five years he's been district engineer 
out of Lenoir. 

His wife is the former Agnes Greer. 
They are Baptists and have two young 
children: C. A., Jr. ("Buckle") and 
Elizabeth ("Sissie"). 

Baseball and football are his favorite 
sports. He's a registered engineer in 
N. C. and a meml)er of the N. C. Society 
of Engineers. 


Wi, M. TAYLOR has held the same job 
since he started with the State Highway 
Commission back in 1921. He's a section 
foreman helper. Before the State took 
over the county roads, he was a section 
foreman helper in Robeson County. 

Taylor was born December 7, 1884, in 
Rowland. He completed the eighth grade. 

His wife's name is Lottie. They are 
Presbyterians. Today they live on R. F. D. 
3, Maxton. They have three children: 
Mrs. Luesta Taylor Eden, Mrs. Ella Taylor 
Cain, and Trussie William Taylor. 

When Taylor is off the job. he likes 
to rabbit hunt and fish. 

Section foreman Earlle Thomas 
Moser was born September 9, 1899, in 

In 1921, he started with the Commis- 
sion and worked with G. F. Lawson. 
Moser was subsequently transferred from 
King to Germanton as section foreman. 
He then went back to King in the same 



Moser completed five years of the 
Creson School. His wife's name is Alta 
Agnes. They live in King and are mem- 
bers of the Church of Christ. The Mosers 
have three children: Johnny K., Martha 
Anzylene, and Betty Jane. 

At home he enjoys gardening. Moser is 
a big hunter and is a member of the 
Fox Hunters Association. 

Gang foreman J. L. Thrower of 
Jacksonville in the Second Division was 
born in Richmond County. 

As he says, "I began work with the 
State Highway Commission as section 
foreman in Robeson County in November, 
1921. I was married to AUie Farmer in 
1925. A year later I was transferred to 
Onslow County as fioating gang foreman. 

"I have been gang foreman for 21 years. 
I served under maintenance supervisor 
Sam Dudley who is now retired. My pres- 
ent supervisor is J. W. Meadows." 

Off the job. Thrower relaxes by reading 
and listening to the radio. 


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Bridge foreman Hugh I. Setzer 
of Newton started his highway work witli 
J. H. Hewitt in 1922. He was under the 
supervision of F. S. Yount. In 1933, 
Setzer became a foreman under K. R. 
Scott at Greensboro. Three years later he 
was transferred back to Caldwell County, 
first to Marion and then to Shelby. 

In looking back, Setzer says, "The 
hardest part of my bridge work was in 
1940. So many bridges washed away that 
year that we worked 14 hours a day, 
seven days a week for a while replacing 
the bridges." 

He was born January 11, 1903 in 
Catawba County and educated at Balls 
Creek High School. His wife is the former 
Jessie Guy. He has been a Methodist for 
the past 38 years. The Setzers have a son, 
Hugh, who is a school teacher and a 
daughter, Shirley Jo Ann, who is in 
nurses training. 

His off the job interests are fox liunting 
with his favorite pack of Walker dogs 
and raising flowers. He's a Mason. 



Cleveland county gang foreman 
James Ryburn (R.R.) Yarbro started 
over 30 years ago with the Commission 
as a truck driver in old District Eight 
under District Engineer H. E. Noell. 
A. P. Eskridge was maintenance engineer 
at the time. 

In 1924, Yarbro was promoted to 
maintenance foreman. He was in charge 
of 23 miles of US 74, seven miles of US 
29 and about seven miles of other roads. 
He recalls that most of these roads were 
of top soil or gravel construction. In 
1931, he took over maintenance of 150 
miles in Cleveland County. He became a 
floating gang foreman in 1941. Two 
years later he was put in charge of patch 
crew repairing and maintaining bitumi- 
nous treated highways in the old Ninth 

Yarbro was born September 23, 1900, 
in Cleveland County. He graduated from 
Waco High School. His wife is the 
former Blanche Wilson. They live at 
902 West Mountain Street in Kings Moun- 
tain. Their only son, James Ryburn 
Yarbro, is a State College engineering 

The foreman and his family are mem- 
bers of the First Baptist Church. He's a 
member of the Masonic Fairview Lodge 
No. 339 of Kings Mountain. During the 
hunting season, he enjoys both bird and 
deer hunting. He usually spends a good 
part of his vacation on hunting trips. 
Yarbro takes an active part in the 
activities of the NCSHEA. 

Signs supervisor Lewis H. Wilson 
of the Fifth Division began his high- 
way service in the old Fifth District 
September 21, 1921, as assistant office 
accountant. The following year, he began 
placing route signs on the roads. The 
first center lines on hardsurfaced roads 
were painted by his forces that year. 
In 1927, he moved to High Point to open 
the new sign shop. In 1932, he moved back 
to Greensboro and continued as super- 
visor of sign work. He recalls, "We made 
the first mechanical traffic line machine 
for painting white lines on asphalt roads 
and black lines on concrete roads. We 
were responsible for traffic line painting 
from Greensboro to Elizabeth City in 
1933-'34." For many years, l:e has looked 
after sign and traffic line work in eight 
Piedmont counties. 

In 1916, Wilson graduated from Greens- 
boro High School. He attended Branham 
and Hughes Military Academy till 1919. 
The next two years he took an accounting 
course with La Salle Extension Univer- 

His wife's name is Margaret. They're 
members of the Greensboro First Presby- 
terian Church. Both their sons are 




engineers. Lewis H., Jr., a mechanical 
engineer with Pan-Am Airways in Miami, 
is married and has two sons. William F., 
a civil engineer with the Army Engineers 
in Greenville, South Carolina, is married 
and has one son. 

Wilson is a member of Lodge No. 76 
of A. F. & A. M., Elks, and Scottish Rite. 
Off the job, he enjoys fishing and rose 
gardening. He is 53 years old. 

Section foreman oscar j. King, 

Sr., of Route 1, Climax says, "I've spent 
my 30 years on highway maintenance 
under many good men. It has been a 
great pleasure, even with all the ups and 
downs. When I first started with the 
Highway Department, I removed snow 
off the roads with a team of mules." ! 

King was born in 1894, in Rockingham 
County. He was educated in the Rocking- ' 
ham County school in Reidsville. His wife 
is the former Maude Wall. They have 
four children: Marjorie, Margaret, Oscar, 
Jr., and Bob. The Kings are Missionary 




He lists his leisure-time pleasures as 
"fishing, hunting and my grandchildren. 
I have five grandchildren and some of 
them are good fishermen." 

G ANG FOREMAN Charles Ernest Glas- 
gow was born April 1, 1896. He attended 
the old type elementary school in Ran- 
dolph County. 

As he looks back, "I went to work for 
the State Highway Commission on July 
12, 1921, and since then I have worked 

i under seven supervisors. The first was 
Mr. Brown, then down the line through 
Will Hight, E. Honeysuckle, N. C. Cox, 
E. 0. Russell, Dexter Hough to W. A. 
Carter — my present supervisor. In all 
this time, all my work has been on 

He is married to the former Lula 
Williams. They make their home in 

; Central Falls and attend the Methodist 
Church. The Glasgows have two daughters 

jWho are both grown and married. 

Off the job, he likes to work in the 
garden and look after his chickens and 
hogs. As he says, "I did do a lot of 
hunting in my younger days, but time 
has caught up with me on that. Now I'm 
content to take it easy after the day's 
work is finished." 


Since 1946, the maintenance super- 
visor of Dare, Currituck and Camden 
counties has been Raymond Everett 

He was only 20 years old when he 
started with the Highway Department as 
a, truck driver in Madison County in 
1922. Two years later, he transferred to 
the road oil department as foreman. In 
his words, "I covered the State from 
'Manteo to Murphy'. In 1941, I was 
transferred back to maintenance forces 
ind served as gang foreman of the Wood- 
ville Prison Camp near Hertford." 



During World War II, Thomas served 
six months in the Army. Upon his dis- 
charge, he returned to road work as a 
senior inspector of the flight strip in 
Currituck. In 1944, he went back to the 
road oil department as a foreman of 26 
eastern Carolina counties. Two years 
later, he was promoted to his present job. 

Thomas was born in Madison County 
and was educated in the Walnut Public 
Schools. He's a member of the Masonic 
Lodge. His outside interests are fishing 
and hunting. Baseball is his favorite 

G.ANG FOREMAN Everette L. Setzer 
of New London is the 1949 recipient of 
the D. B. McCrary Award for distinguish- 
ed service to the State Highway Com- 

He's a high school graduate. During 
World War II, he served for three years 
in the North Carolina State Guard and 
rose to the rank of sergeant. 

Setzer started with the State Highway 
Commission in Catawba County in 1921. 


H. Hocutt of Statesville was State Super- 
visor of the Commission at the time. 
From 1921 until 1927, Setzer was an 
operator of heavy machinery. He worked 
in the old Seventh Division which was 
composed of 13 counties extending from 
Catawba to Scotland County. 

In 1927, he became an asphalt patch 
foreman. In 1945, he was transferred to 
the maintenance shop at Salisbury. 

His wife is the former Eva Lowe. They 
have a teen-age son, David Everette. The 
Setzers are Methodists. 

His civic affiliations include the Lions 
Club and the Patriotic Sons of America. 
His real interest is boys; he's been active 
in scouting for years. He's scout master 
of New London's Troop 41. 

Setzer was born January 15, 1899. 

Extra force (or prison) foreman 
Vaughn R. Rhinehart entered the Army 
at 16 and served 30 months during World 
War I. He spent eleven months overseas 
with the famous 30th Division. 

Rhinehart was born August 10, 1899, 
in Haywood County. He attended schools 
in Waynesville. 

Over 30 years ago, he started with the 
Commission as a laborer. Later he was 


moved up to truck driver. He spent three 
and one half years in mechanics before 
he transferred back to maintenance. 

In 1920, Rhienhart married Eva Hooper. 
She died in 1946. They have seven 
children: Mary Elizabeth (Mrs. Clifton) 
Shook, Mildred Mae (Mrs. Ted) Arring- 
ton, Sarah Leona (Mrs. Dee) Clark. 
Vaughn Robert Rhinehart (who is 
married to Beulah Hall), Betty Jean 
(Mrs. Charles) Watson, John and Ray. 
Rhinehart is proud that he has 16 

His present wife is the former Ethel 
Woodard. They are Baptists and live on 
Balsam Road near Waynesville. 

His outside interests are farming, 
raising cattle and growing apples. 



(iaNG foreman a. J. Reeves of 
Sparta was born April 14, 1889, in Alle- 
ghany County. He received his early 
education at the Toliver School and the 
Rock Creek School. 

June 1, 1920, he started his highway 
work in Alleghany County. Fred Fields 
was his foreman. Two years later, S. J. 
Thomas replaced Fields. In Reeves' 
words, "Work consisted then of dynamit- 
ing roads, beating rock into mud holes 
and putting in wooden culverts by using 
horse and wagon. I have done all kinds 
of maintenance work on the highways in 
Alleghany County. Later on when the 
State took over all county roads, I was 
given a squad of prisoners and later was 
promoted to my present job." 

Reeves is married to the former Laura 
Rector. They have eleven children: Mrs. 
Eula Reeves Crouse, Homer Reeves, Kyle 
Reeves, Mrs. Marie Reeves Wilson, Jack- 
son Reeves, Ann Chipman Reeves, Clyde 
Reeves Adams, Cleo Reeves, Harrison 
Reeves, Willard Reeves and Franklin 
Reeves. During World War II, they had 
three sons overseas. 

Mr. and Mrs. Reeves are members of 
the Primitive Baptist Church. He's a 
member of the NCSHEA. Off-the-job, he 
likes to fox hunt. 

Senior bridge foreman Joseph 

B. Hatcher of Fayetteville started with 
the Commission as a rodman in 1921. 
His first highway project was the stretch 
from Mt. Olive to Warsaw (now US 117). 

In his words, "I worked on a good 
many projects through the eastern part 
of the State. The late R. E. Snowden was 
the second district engineer at Kinston 
at the time. 

"I was a senioi' roadway inspector when 
I left construction in 1932. I transferred 
to roadway maintenance as a gang fore- 
man at New Bern for three and one-half 
years. The late Roy J. Hart was district 

engineer. In 1935 I transferred to the 
bridge maintenance department where I 
have been ever since." 

Hatcher is a 1915 graduate of Mt. Olive 
High School. He went to Oak Ridge Insti- 
tute for one year and took a two-year 
course at Kings Business College. He 
joined the US Naval Reserve in 1918. In 
1923, he took an engineering course from 
the International Correspondence Schools. 

He is a Mason. For four years, he 
served as a steward of the Haymount 
Methodist Church. 

Hatcher is married to the former 
Verdia Hopkins of Oriental. They have 
one son, Joe, who is a State College 
engineering student. 

Bridge foreman Hatcher likes football, 
baseball and boxing. 

He was born 57 years ago in Sampson 



Graham of Fayetteville has three outside 
interests: fishing, hunting and gardening. 

Graham was born in Cumberland 
County June 29, 1900. He attended the 
Eureka Springs School which has since 
been consolidated. When he was 21, he 
started with the Highway Commission 
as a section helper. John J. Lampley was 
his supervisor. In looking back, he re- 
calls, "The road worker's load was greatly 
relieved when the State took over the 
prisoners in 1931 as road helpers. Before 
that time, the work was done by three- 
man crews who were responsible for 
complete maintenance of the State's 
roads. Working conditions have been 
much improved by the invention and use 
of present-day road machinery." 

Graham was promoted to section fore- 
man and in 1942, he was upped to his 
present job. 

His wife is the former Ida Taylor of 
Cumberland County. The Grahams live 
about six miles out of Fayetteville. They 
are members of the St. Andrews Metho- 


dist Church. They have three sons: 
Emmett Edward, Robert Seavy and 
Daniel James, Jr. 

Graham is a member of the Long Hill 
Ruritan Club of Cumberland County. 

Section foreman Jess Davis Gwyn 
recalls, "I began work with M. F. Sater- 
field, supervisor, operating a road machine 
out of Walnut Cove, May 1, 1921. I have 
been with the Highway Department ever 

Gwyn was born May 1, 1897, in Surry 
County. He was educated at Antoich 

His wife is the former Lillian Gordon. 
They live on Route No. 1, Mt. Airy and 
have three children: Jack, Jessie Jewel, 
and Mrs. Edward J. Mulligan who lives 
in Concord, New Hampshire. The Gwyns 
are members of the Antioch Baptist 

Off the job, Gwyn goes bird hunting 
and fishing. He's a member of the Masonic 
Lodge Round Peak No. 616. 





Rated one of the best asphalt 

inspectors in the State, Paul A. Cameron 
has spent the majority of his 30-odd years 
of highway service in this work. 

He was born on a farm in Lenoir 
County in 1891. He is the son of Mrs. Ida 
Wiggins Cameron and the late John E. 
Cameron, a former State Highway Com- 

Inspector Cameron attended the Lenoir 
County schools and the University of 
North Carolina. He is a member of the 
N. C. Society of Engineers, the Cape Fear 
Engineers Club and the NCSHEA. Cam- 
eron is a great sportman and spends a 
lot of his vacation hunting and fishing. 

In September, 1921, he began work 
with the State Highway Commission and 
has been continuously employed since 
that time. 

Cameron is married to the former Rose 
Atwood Herring of Sampson County. 


They have five children. The oldest son, 
W. D., is married and living in Texas. 
The oldest daughter is married to R. A. 
Whitaker and lives in Kinston. P. A., Jr., 
is an East Carolina College student. The 
Camerons' two youngest children are 
twin girls — Marilyn and Mary Ida. They 
attend Kinston High School. 

The Camerons are members of Kins- 
ton's Queen Street Methodist Church. 

Section foreman James Calvin 
Keel of the Second Division started as a 
section foreman's helper in Pitt County 
in 1921. He was promoted to his present 
classification in 1928. 

In 1932, he was transferred to Pinetops. 
Two years later he was moved to his 
present job. 

He was born October 22, 1896, in Edge- 
combe County. He is the son of Frederick 
and Effie Bryant Keel. 


May 14, 1930, he was married to 
Margaret McQueen in Tarboro. They still 
live there at 608 Walnut Street. 

His leisure-time activities are fishing 
and gardening. 

Third division Sign supervisor 
George Lacy Coleman started his highway 
work by driving a truck for a constractor. 
Coleman's truck hauled asphalt and 

In 1921, he began working for the State 
Highway Department as rodman with a 
construction party headed by resident 
engineer C. A. Lowe of Red Springs. 
After one year, he was transferred as a 
painter to the newly-organized sign de- 
partment in Wilmington. He worked as 
a sign painter until 1930 when he was 
promoted to supervisory foreman in 
charge of all signs in the old Third 
Division. He was under the supervision 
of District Engineer B. Whiteside. 

In July 1950, he was promoted to his 
present job. 

Coleman was born January 14, 1904, in 
Brunswick County. He is a graduate of 


Leland High School. His wife's name is 
Dorothy. They are members of the First 
Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville. They 
have three children: Jean, George, Jr., 
and Fay. 

Coleman is a member of the N. C. 
Society of Engineers and the Cape Fear 
Engineers Club. 

His hobby is fishing, especially fly-cast- 
ing for fresh water bream and bass. He 
likes to refinish antique furnish and make 
antique reproductions. He's mighty proud 
of the complete work-shop he has built 
in his home. 

Gang foreman James A. McCall 
was born November 14, 1900, in Cashiers. 
Today he lives on Route 3, Franklin. 

His highway service dates from July 
5, 1919. The following six years he spent 
with the engineering department in Jack- 
son and Haywood counties. From May, 
1925 to July, 1928, he was on construction 
in these two counties as well as Transyl- 


vania County. In July, 1928, he was 
promoted to his present job with the 
Maintenance Department in Macon 

McCall was educated at the Rabun Gap 
Industrial School. His wife's name is 
Flora. They are Baptists. The McCalls 
have six children: Elizabeth M. Huscus- 
son, Nettie M. Justice, James, Daniel, 
Charles and Jennie Sue. 

His recreation is fishing, coon hunting 
and deer hunting. 

The foreman has been a Mason and 
member of the Junaluskee Lodge No. 145, 
A.F. & A.M. of Franklin for 27 years. For 
the past 16 years, he has been a member 
of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge No. 

The McCalls are proud of their two 
sons, James and Daniel, who are in the 
Armed Forces. James is an Air Force 
Staff Sergeant and has served overseas 
twice since his enlistment in 1947. Daniel 
is an Air Force PFC and he enlisted in 

Prison Report 

Progress Made at Women's Prison 

/ompletion of a trim, new administration building, 
tlie construction of two cottages for the honor grade 
prisoners, and a growing fryer and layer program are 
evidence that real progress is being made at the Women's 

June 2, the administrative and clerical staff moved 
into their brand new administration building. From a 
small, crowded three-olHce frame building, they moved 
into a compact one-story cement block building with 
brick veneer. 

Inside there is a large lobby, an information booth and 
telephone switchboard, a combination conference and 
class room, a comfortable visiting room, and eight offices. 
The walls are painted a restful shade of green. A display 
cabinet for the crafts made by the girls is in the lobby. 

In the visiting room, inmates can visit informally with 
their families on Sunday afternoons. There are informal 
groupings of comfortable chairs and small tables. The 
modern furniture was made possible by the donations 
of interested Raleigh church and civic groups and the 
profits from the prison commissary. 

Outside the fence, that surrounds the Women's Prison, 
a neat one-story honor cottage is nearing completion. It 
will accommodate 3 6 colored girls. Each honor prisoner 
will live in a small, individual room. There will be a 
games room and a central living room. 

Construction on a second honor cottage, for white 
women, is well underway. It should be ready for occu- 
pancy in August. Right now the girls in the craft room 
are making drapes, bedspreads and rugs for each room 
in the honor cottages. They're using discarded scraps or 
donated material to weave colorful draperies. 

Reeves and Holloway, Raleigh architects on the 
Women's Prison renovations, designed the new buildings 
for good control, security and comfort. The windows, 
specially designed for Women's Prison, are bar-less but 
constructed for maximum security. 

Farm supervisor Lewis C. Smith, a State College grad- 
uate in farm management, is responsible for the smooth 
running of the farm, poultry, beef and swine programs at 
the Women's Prison. With the advice of the Soil Con- 
servation Department, he has directed the drainage and 
development of 54 acres of worthless swampland into 
pastures. Eight baby beef graze on the reclaimed pas- 
tureland now. It is hoped the herd can eventually be 
built up to 25. 

A fryer raising program was the first step in the de- 
velopment of a poultry industry. The new brooder house 
provides space for raising 4,500 fryers now. Former 
facilities were inadequate; there was room for only 400 
fryers. Today 4,500 day-old chicks can be raised and 
ready in ten weeks for use on prison menus. There are 
more than enough fryers to supply the needs of Women's 
Prison. The surplus is sent to the cold storage warehouse 
at Central Prison for distribution to the State's prison 
camps. Future plans call for enlarging brooder facilities 
so that 20,000 fryers can be raised every ten weeks. 

Layer production has been stepped up from 500 to 
1,000 hens. This increased production adequately fills 
the need for eggs at the prison. 

Caring for the fryers and layers has proved a good 
work activity for the inmates. It trains them for such 
work upon their release from prison. 

Coiiiijletioi) of ;i trim, now adniiiilstration building 
symbolizes the real proj^ress that is being made on the 
renovation of Women's Prison. 

A recently-completed cinder block brooder house pro- 

vides space for ;J,00() baby chicks in comparison to the 
old chicken house which had room for onl.v 400 chicks. 
The prison poultry j)rogram provides a worthwhile work 
activity for the women. 





Sec. 34.66. P.L. & R. 


Raleigh, N. C. 
Permit No. 287 




Sam ilaugttt (lett) and Karl Crump confer on a personnel 

Open iettef 9fm Cafl Cfuntp 

(Editor's Note: Our new personnel director obligingly agreed 
to give his views on personnel policy.) 

The administfation of highway personnel matters is of 
primary importance. Proper personnel administration is just 
as necessary to the efficient operation of the Highway De- 
partment as to any business enterprise. My job as director 
of highway personnel holds vast responsibilities and possi- 
bilities. With the help of my very capable assistant, Mr. Sam 
Badgett, I hope to do a creditable job. 

All our employees should have some understanding of 
our aims and of how the personnel office can help to build 
a better and more efficient highway department. 

The door of the personnel office will always be open to 
all employees. We sincerely hope that every one will feel 
free to come in. We are here to render service and discuss 
any problem which you may have in connection with your 

With the understanding and whole-hearted cooperation 
of all, together we can mould our highway organization into 
one — second to none. To do this, everyone must realize the 
importance of his job. There are no unimportant jots in our 
highway organization. With this realization, everyone should 
take pride and interest in his job and try to set a good 
example for his fellow workers. 

We must realize that the State Highway Personnel Office 
operates under the rules and regulations of the State Person- 
nel Department. We plan to cooperate fully with that de- 
partment and to make every possible contribution toward 
improving and building it into one which will be a credit 
to our State. 

We welcome suggestions. You may be assured your sug- 
gestions will receive careful consideration. 

Working together, we cannot fail to reach our goal. 

/Settei' public (^elathn^ 

The following letter was recently sent to all Ohio Depart- 
ment of Highways employees by S. O. Linzell, Director of 

"Dear Fellow Worker: 

"This year every employee of the State Highway Depart- 
ment was judged by his supervisor on nineteen different 
phases of his work. One of these is 'public relations'. 

"To many of you this is the first time you have realized 
that 'public relations' was a part of your job. Perhaps you 
are in doubt as to what is expected of you in regards to 
dealing with the public. 

"It is essential for every enterprise, both public and 
private, to maintain the respect and goodwill of the com- 
munity. You are the representatives of the State Highway 
Department in your neighborhood and town. Your public 
relations job is even more important because the people of 
Ohio are interested in the highways, and as taxpayers they 

iitin mm\ m\mm 

A Magazine for employees of the North Carolina State 
Highway and Public Works Commission 

Published Bi-Moivtlily By 
Raleigh. N. C. 

Volume IV SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER, 1953 Number 2 

Margaret Burk, Editor 

A. H. Geaham, Chairman 

J. Emmett Winslow, 

H. Maynaed Hicks, 

Snow Hill 
C. Heide Teask, 

M. E. Robinson, 



C. A. Hasty, 

J. Van Lindley, 




James A. Geay, Je., 

James A. Haedison, 

W. Ralph Winklee, 

June F. Scaeboeough, 

J. Fleming Snipes, 

Haeey E. Buchanan, 

Je., State Highway Engineer 

R. B. Petees, General Counsel 

have a right to question the way their tax money is being; 

"We know that we are doing a good job, but it is up to us 
to tell the public about our accomplishments, problems, and 
responsibilities in order to receive public support for oui 

"Under the heading of public relations everyone was 
rated as to his methods of meeting and dealing with the 
public. Is he courteous? Does he avoid sarcasm? Does he give 
the public a good impression of the department? Is he help' 
ful? Has he the ability to work harmoniously with co-work- 
ers and supervisors? Is he tactful? Does he have a pleasant 
disposition? Does he work diligently? 

"Very few of us can answer 'yes' to all of these questions 
even when we are in our homes, so it is safe to assume thai 
we are sometimes lacking in our capacities as representa- 
tives of the Ohio Department of Highways. 

"The best advertisement for the department is the em- 
ployee who takes pride in his job, and never belittles his 
work or the work of others. He does a creditable job ir 
private and business life. He is constantly striving to im- 
prove himself, and by doing so he Improves his work and his 
department. Remember — you are the state highway depart 
ment in the eyes of others. 

"Most highway personnel have done an excellent job o; 
creating goodwill for our organization. If you will be publi( 
relations conscious, you can further improve the respect oi 
the citizens of Ohio for their highway department. Remem 
ber — we are dependent on them for the success of oui 


The cover picture is a close-up of one of the modern underpasses 
along the Lexington by-pass on US 29 and 70. The access road below 
the structure on the right leads up onto the overpass which continues 
on into the Lexington business district. 

The 4.8 mile relocation of the Lexington by-pass which was opened 
to traffic several months ago cost a total of $1,673,000. US 29 — the 
"Main Street" of North Carolina — is one of the most heavily — travelled 
north-south highways in the State. 

Photo by Pete Bourke. 


The last few months have been busy 
ones for the 15 men Governor Umstead 
appointed to the State Highway Com- 
mission in May. In line with the Gover- 
nor's policy that the Commission bring 
its work closer to the people, the com- 
missioners have been travelling exten- 
sively in their various divisions. They've 
done a lot of listening by meeting and 
talking with the local governing bodies. 
The Commissioners have carried the 
word that the bond money has been 
spent or already allocated to specific 
projects. From now on, the emphasis 
will be on rebuilding the primary 
system and maintaining the present 

In the First Division, J. Emmett 
VVinslow has made arrangements for 
the purchase of a 14.3 mile tract of 
[and from the Perquimans County 
Board of Commissioners. The site was 
part of the county home property and 
is about two miles north of Hertford on 
US 17. Part of the land will be used for 
a concrete and brick-veneer building, 
208 feet long by 60 feet wide, which 
will contain an office, stock room, 
machine shop and repair shop. Another 
portion will be used for a park for 
public picnics and outings. The land 
:ost $7,500. 

Winslow announced that the new 22- 
2ar ferry would be named "Governor 
Jmstead" and was put in operation in 

Commissioner H. Maynard Hicks of 
Snow Hill got off to a good start in his 
livision. In June, he held an open meet- 
ing in the Greenville highway office for 
ill the chairmen and clerks of the 
county boards of commissioners in his 

The Commissioner urged that the 
work of the Highway Commission be 
brought closer to the people. He asked 
the county commissioners to bring their 
road problems to him and to his as- 
sistants in the division and district 
offices. He requested that the county 
commissioners screen very carefully any 
request for the addition of roads to the 
IState system. Hicks announced that he 
[would be in the division office every 
Wednesday afternoon to discuss road 
problems with county representatives. 

later: "If the local governing boards 
throughout the second highway division 
adhere to the commissioner's plea for 
closer work between communities and 
the highway commission, strive for 
closer work with the communities, great 
dividends in better road systems will be 
ihad by the division as a whole. 

"At the same time, work between 
highway officials and the people of in- 
dividual communities is being more 
closely coordinated, work on highway 
projects between citizens of individual 
communities must likewise be more 
closely coordinated. 

"Commissioner Hicks has offered a 
sound suggestion to citizens and all 
government units of the second division. 
It should prove profitable to the area 
as a whole if followed by both highway 
officials and local government officials 
and citizens." 

Site Pound 

Commissioner C. Heide Trask an- 
nounced at the July Commission meet- 
ing that a 35-acre site had been found 
near Wilmington for the new Third 
Division headquarters. The Commission 
approved the purchase from the New 
Hanover County Commissioners of 3 5 
acres at $150 per acre. 

The Wilmington Star said: "C. Heide 
Trask is making a good start as com- 
missioner of North Carolina's third high- 
way division. 

". . . Shortly after he took office, he 
assured location of the new division 
headquarters at Wilmington. 

". . . Next, he wisely decided to per- 
mit the proposed re-numbering of 
certain highways in the vicinity of the 
city to remain in status quo until more 
definite traffic patterns develop as a 
guide to future action. 

". . . Mr. Trask reports he is obtain- 
ing lights and toilet facilities for the 
roadside park at Snow's cut on the 
Carolina Beach road. 

". . . It is a pleasure to recognize the 
fact that the best promise of a good 

Kobin.son Confers 

Commissioner Robinson met with the 
Johnston County board of commis- 
sioners. T. J. McKim reported on a new 
survey being made on relocating US 301 
through Johnston County. He indicated 
the relocated highway would run with- 
in 2,0 0 0 feet of Smithfleld. Arrange- 
ments were made for the county com- 
missioners to meet with representatives 
of the State at a later date for a further 

Commissioner Donnie A. Sorrell met 
with representatives of the Durham city 
and county governments and the 
Durham Chamber of Commerce, June 
30. Their representatives agreed to 
draw up a list of highway needs, in 
order of their importance, to submit to 
the State Highway Commission. They 
decided to draw up one long-range pro- 
gram for meeting highway needs in 
Durham County. 

Afterwards, the Durham Sun said: 
"Highway Commissioner Donnie A. 
Sorrell has adopted a method of con- 
sultation on highways which is increas- 
ing confidence in his office and in the 
Highway Department. He is conferring 
with city and county officials within his 

"In a word, in open sessions, the 
Commissioner is allowing all concerned 
ample opportunity to present needs and 
proposals. State programs in the Fifth 
Division (and, for that matter presum- 
ably, in other divisions) will be 'open 
covenants, openly arrived at'. That is 

In July, Commissioner Sorrell met 
with Raleigh city oflicials and assured 
(Continued on page 2) 

Highway Officials Meet in Greenville 

Commissioner Maynard Hicks and highway officials of the Second Division met 
with county commissioners of various counties to discuss highway problems in 
July. Front row, left to right: Heber Gray, district engineer at Kinston; C. Y. 
Griffln, district engineer at New Bern; Hicks; R. Markham, division engineer. 

Second row, from left: C. W. Snell, office engineer; H. H. Wesley, district engi- 
neer at Washington; and J. L. Phillips, assistant division engineer. 

Bridge Department-1921 

This picture was made in the Bridge Department drafting room baclc in 1921, 
Note the calendar on the wall. 

From left, E. R. Boney, now a contractor in Norfolk; W. Z. Betts, manager of 
Reynolds Coliseum; W. F. Hunter, with bridge department of the New Jersey 
State Highway Commission; C. W. Stoffregen, with Philip Carey Company in 
Raleigh; W. F. Morrison, deceased; Hugh Holcomb, a hardware dealer in Mt. Airy; 
and C. B. Taylor, Bridge Maintenance Engineer. 

Of these seven men, four — E. R. Boney, W. Z. Betts, W. F. Morrrison and C. B. 
Taylor — have served as Bridge Maintenance Engineer. 

C ommissioners 

(Continued from page 1) 
them that he and his engineers would 
continue studying proposals for building 
belt roads around Raleigh and for 
carrying Dawson Street out to US 1-A 
and US 1. 

Commissioner C. A. Hasty notified 
county commissioners in Harnett, 
Cumberland, Robeson, Bladen, and 
Columbus counties to meet with him at 
division headquarters in Fayetteville. 
Earlier he had said, "I intend to follow 
to the very best of my ability, the 
absolutely fair distribution of county 
betterment funds and all other highway 
allotments throughout my division." 

The Scottish Chief said: ". . . We 
believe C. A. Hasty as a State Highway 
Commissioner will render useful and 
valuable service to the Sixth Division 
and to the State. He brings to his office 
many years of accumulated business 
success, wisdom, and efficiency. When 
he makes a decision or chooses a par- 
ticular course of action, it is the result 
of careful investigation and judicious 
examination of all compartments of the 

Road Needs Discussed 
Citizens in the Seventh Highway 
Division recently met in the County 
Building in High Point for a monthly 
hearing of road needs and requests. 
Eleven requests were heard by Commis- 
sioner J. "Van Lindley, division engineer 
T. A. Burton, and district engineer 
W. W. White. Lindley said the meetings 
will be held in a different location in 
the division every month, giving citizens 
an opportunity to report on local road 
conditions and needs. A proposal to 
widen the Highland Avenue underpass 


was presented by High Point City 
Manager T. E. Hinson. Ten other re- 
quests were heard. Suggestions and 
requests made at the meeting are being 

Commissioner Forrest Lockey was 
named by Governor Umstead a member 
of the North Carolina Turnpike Authori- 
ty. Lockey announced that a survey had 
been authorized for US 1 from Aberdeen 
to the Richmond County line, and also 
on US 15 and 301 from Pinehurst to 
Carthage. Later he said that a one-half 
mile long road will be built from near 
Aberdeen on Raeford road to connect 
with the new road through the Hugh 
Styers property and to the Old Bethesda 
road at the turn between Mrs. Brooks' 
home and the A&R railroad. The road 
should route Fort Bragg troop move- 
ments around Aberdeen to Camp 

Commissioner James A. Gray, Jr., 
held his first hearing in June in the 
Stokes County Superior Courthouse in 
Danbury. About 100 persons represent- 
ing three of the five counties in the 
Ninth were on hand to present their 
road needs. 

Expressway Planned 

In July, Gray and Chairman Graham 
met with Winston-Salem officials to 
discuss the proposed cross-town express- 
way. The Chairman said negotiations 
for secural of right-of-way would start 
at once and that if plans progress 
satisfactorily, the Commission would ask 
for bids on the construction of the first 
stretch within 60 to 90 days. 

After the Winston-Salem meeting, 
the Chairman and Commissioner Gray 
hurried to Salisbury where they con- 
ferred with Mayor John Henry Isen- 


hour; chairman of county commissioners 
P. K. Dry, City Manager S. C. Maclntire, 
State Representatives George Uzzell and 
William Barnett, Walter H. Woodson, 
Jr., chairman of the Rowan Democrative 
Executive Committee, Graham Carlton, 
register of deeds, and State Senator | 
Nelson Woodson. Chairman Graham said 
the surveys will be made on the east 
and west sides of Salisbury and the 
final decision on the by-pass route will 
rest on the engineering findings. ' 

Commissioner Hardison was recently; 
appointed by the Governor to the N. C. 
Turnpike Authority. Hardison served 
four years on the State Highway Com-; 
mission during the Ehringhaus admin-| 
istration from 1933 to 1937. j 

In July, Commissioner Hardison held 
an extended conference with the Anson 
County Commissioners: Dr. F. Y. 
Sorrell, W. H. Edwards, L. C. Springer," 
P. B. Little, and B. M. Edwards. Hardi-i 
son announced that T. F. Royal would 
be in the Albemarle office every Tuesday 
morning to confer with Stanly County^ 
residents concerning highway problems.! 
The Commissioner has been holding 
division-wide meetings every second Tues- 
day in the month. He plans to rotate the 
meeting places each month. 

In July, Commissioner W. Ralph j 
Winkler addressed the North Wilkes-j 
boro Kiwanis Club. He spoke on thei 
improvement which had been brought 
about in recent years by highway con- 
struction and complimented the Wilkea 
County people on their interest in road 

In commenting on Mr. Winkler's ap- 
pointment, the Watauga Democrat said: 
". . . Watauga gets her first highway 
commissioner in the history of State 
road-building and maintenance program. 

". . . Mr. Winkler is eminently quali-j 
fied both by experience and tempera- 
ment to make the district the sort of 
commissioner of which the folks will 
feel proud." 


Meeting in Statesville il 

July 13, Commissioner June F. Scar-I if 
borough held his first hearing on divi-; 
sion road matters at the District Twofj i\ 
office in Statesville. Men, women, and! j 
children formed 70 delegations to pre-l ii 
sent their petitions. It looked like a 
county fair with road petitioners fillingi | 
up the highway office, and sitting in the | 
yard and on the rock wall around the j, 
building. Cars were parked bumper-to-l ,j 
bumper on the quarter mile road to NC j, 
21. Commissioner Scarborough along ^ 
with division engineer L. B. Peck, as- 
sistant division engineer E. L. Kemper, „, 
district engineer H. H. Weaver, and j, 
district engineer P. D. Miller heard road! | 


4 k 

Top Engineers Hold One-Day Meeting in Raleigh 

Our fourteen division engineers and tlieir assistants, 
flanked by Cliief Engineer W. H. Rogers, Jr.. on the right, 
and L. W. Payne, assistant State Highway Engineer, on the 
left, line up on the stage of the auditorium of the new high- 
way building in Raleigh. 

Recently Bill Rogers called in the top engineering person- 
nel from each of the 14 divisions for a one-day conference 
in Raleigh. Chairman Graham and department heads in 
the Raleigh office briefed them on their work under the 
new 14-division set-up. It was a very informative meeting 
and gave our engineers with the "know-how" an opportuni- 
ty to discuss mutual roadbuilding problems. 

Many of these men have 3 0 or more years service with 

the Commission. Their vast experience in the highway field 
qualifies them to render valuable service to the State. 

From left, on the front row: Payne, W. N. Spruill, First 
Division; R. Markham. Second; C. E. Brown, Third; T. J. 
McKim, Fourth; Hunter D. Irving, Fifth; L. E. Whitfield, 
Sixth; T. A. Burton, Seventh; T. G. Poindexter, Eighth; 
Z. V. Stewart, Ninth; M. E. Beatty, Tenth; J. H. Councill. 
Eleventh; L. B. Peck, Twelfth; W. M. Corkill, Thirteenth; 
0. G. Page, Fourteenth; and Rogers. 

The assistant division engineers, on the second row, from 
left: J. D. Miller, Jasper L. Phillips, R. V. Biberstein, T. D. 
Grantham, J. W. Jenkins, Jack Spruill, Paul Welch. A. J. 
Hughes, R. B. Fitzgerald, J. G. Bright, J. E. Doughton, 
E. L. Kemper, J. T. Knight, and F. W. Westwood. 

requests from 10 that morning till six 
that night. There was one delegation 
from Alexander County; two from 
Lincoln; two from Gaston; nine from 
Catawba; and all the rest from Iredell. 

Commissioner J. Fleming Snipes has 
been meeting and talking with various 
I groups in his division regarding road 
! matters. Earlier he outlined several 
projects now under consideration for 
construction in his area, e. g., a four- 
lane highway between Black Mountain 
and Ridgecrest and paving the Old Fort- 
Ridgecrest road. 

The News-Herald of Morganton in 
; commenting on his appointment said: 
!". . . Mr. Snipes is well qualified for 
the position in ability and interest and 
in being able to devote to the tremend- 
ous task the time which it will require. 

"We welcome his appointment and 
commend him in his plans to consult 
the largest possible number of people 
regarding highway needs in his district." 

Commissioner Harry Buchanan has 
also met with local representatives and 
groups interested in road matters in 
his mountainous division. 

In citing his appointment, the SMOKY 
MOUNTAIN TIMES of Bryson City said: 
"It is our studied judgment that Gover- 
nor Umstead has made an excellent 
choice . . . Already he (Buchanan) has 
proven that progress and improve- 
ment of Western North Carolina are 
goals for which he has de /oted time and 
energy to accomplish. Harry Buchanan 
knows the highway needs of Western 
North Carolina." 

Ceremonies Mark 

Opening of Road 

Impressive ceremonies marked the 
completion and the June 22 opening of 
the Heintooga Ridge Road, a new five 
mile link between the Great Smoky 
Mountains National Park and the Blue 
Ridge Parkway in western North Caro- 

Kelly E. Bennett, chairman of the 
North Carolina National Park, Parkway 
and Forrests Development Commission 
presided. Charles E. Ray of Waynesville 
introduced the principal speaker, Conrad 
L. Wirth of Washington, D. C, who is 
director of the National Park Service. 

In his dedicatory address, Mr. Wirth 
complimented the leadership of North 
Carolina and Tennessee residents in 
bringing about the establishment and 
development of the park. 

State Highway Commissioner W. 
Ralph Winkler of Boone introduced 
Fourteenth Division Commissioner 
Harry E. Buchanan and Charles McD. 
Puckette, general manager of the CHAT- 
TANOOGA TIMES and a member of the 
joint North Carolina-Tennessee Commit- 
tee for the Great Smoky Mountains 
National Park. Each spoke briefly in ac- 
cepting the road for the public. The 
mile-high Heintooga Overlook was the 
scene of the noon dedication ceremonies. 

The Heintooga-Blue Ridge Parkway 
scenic spur, totalling 12 miles in length, 
is at the eastern boundary of the Chero- 

kee Indian Reservation, which the 
motorist may reach by continuing west 
from Soco Gap on US 19. Nearly all the 
scenic highway is a mile high or more 
and has numerous overlooks giving an 
unexcelled view of the Great Smokies. 
Because of its high altitude, this new 
road is closed during the winter, but is 
open from May to November. 

Among others who appeared on the 
dedication program was Francis J. 
Heazel, member of the N. C. National 
Park, Parkway and Forests Development 
Commission, who recognized special 

Those recognized included: E. B. 
Jeffress of Greensboro, former chairman 
of the State Highway Commission; D. 
Hiden Ramsey, vice-president of the 
pany; Harry L. Bridges, State Auditor; 
Edward A. Hummel, superintendent of 
the National Park; Sam Weems of 
Roanoke Va., Parkway Superintendent; 
Joe Jennings, Cherokee Reservation 
superintendent; R. Getty Browning, the 
Highway Commission's chief locating 
engineer; H. C. Wilburn of Waynesville; 
Dr. Paul Reid, president of Western 
Carolina Teachers College; Bill Sharpe. 
editor of the STATE Magazine; John 
Parris of Sylva : and Bart Leiper of 

The Rev. Arsene Thompson, a Chero- 
kee Indian minister, gave the invocation. 

Following the dedication, the Waynes- 
ville-Hazelwood-Lake Junaluska Cham- 
bers of Commerce were hosts at a lunch- 
eon at the Waynesville Country Club. 








For many years, it was thought that 
landslides occurred only along mountain 
highways. A recent survey shows this is 
not true. On the contrary, slides occur 
on Piedmont and coastal plain highways 
as well. Only the underlying causes are 

The movement or slipping of a mass 
of earth or rock is a landslide. Three 
factors cause earth or rocks to tumble 
onto the State's highways: climate 
(freezing, thawing and weathering of 
rock), underground water, and geolog- 
ical structure (faults, dykes, intrusive 
bodies and layering of rocks). 

Last April slides which occurred on 
US 321 about nine miles south of Boone 
were apparently caused by underground 
water. Upon studying the area, I found 
the trouble was due not so much to the 
presence of underground water as to 
the freezing and thawing of this under- 
ground water. Although the slope had 
been properly constructed, the freezing 
and thawing of water had caused 
seepage through the joint planes. This, 
in turn, caused them to separate. The 
result? A large number of smaller, lesser 
joint planes were formed. The angle of 
the slope had changed and the surface 
material was sliding along the slope 
plane toward the highway. To correct 
this condition, it was suggested that a 
wider angle slope be cut in this area 
with less dependence on the physical 
characteristics of the rock. 

Many people think that underground 
water alone causes most slides. True, 
underground water is responsible for 
about 65 per cent of all slides. How- 
ever, 3 5 per cent are caused by struc- 
tural topography, climate and rock 

I have seen many examples of under- 
ground water causing slides on high- 
ways across the State. In many cases 
during blasting, small springs were 
blinded and neglected. Later when these 
springs were active, they produced small 
reservoirs which loosened materials 
along the cuts. In time, moisture from 
the inside and oxidation from the out- 
side combined to loosen the surface 
material which then slid to the highway. 

The placing of proper drain tiles or 
perforated pipe as artificial outlets for 
these springs usually corrected the 


The position of dip and strike of a 
formation is important in cuts along the 
highway. If stratified rocks dip in the 
direction of the slope of the hill of 
which they form a part, slipping is 
initiated along the bedding planes of the 
formation. Cleavage might produce the 
same kind of slipping. Slides of this type 
are likely to start from artificial causes. 
If the stratification of cleavage planes 
dips towards the face of a slope, the 
removal of rocks during grading leaves 
the material unsupported. 

Sometimes dykes and faults running 
through an area can cause slides. Small 
intrusive bodies also contribute to the 
trouble. On the new road — US 441 — 
between Franklin and Dillsboro, ex- 
amples of all these problems were ob- 
served. It was suggested that properly 
placed benches and correct angle of 
slope would prevent or minimize any 
trouble in these cuts. 

My service and advice is available to 
those who work with the problem of 
landslides on the highway. 

District Office Opens 

The First District Office of the Four- 
teenth Division was located recently at 
5261/2 North Main Street in Henderson- 
ville. All maintenance and construction 
on the State's roads in Henderson, Polk, 
Transylvania and Haywood counties will 
be handled in the Hendersonville office. 

Commissioner Harry Buchanan plans 
to do most of his office work from the 
Hendersonville office. 

Paul J. DuPre is the district engi- 
neer; Ernest H. Webb is maintenance 
supervisor; Mrs. William E. Strider, Jr., 
is the secretary. 

DuPre has been with the Commission 
since 1936. He served with the Armed 
Forces during World War II. Prior to 
the war, he had worked in the old 
Tenth Division which included Hender- 
son County. He was stationed at North 
Wilkesboro before coming here. 

Buchanan announced that public 
meetings would be held each month. 
The meeting places will be rotated 
through the counties of the division 
until after two months, a meeting will 
have been held in each county. 

The Boards of County Commissioners 
of all counties of the division will be 
invited to attend all of the meetings. 



Two senior resident engineers were 
recently promoted to senior construction 

R. J. Albert, senior resident engineer 
in the Old Ninth Division office at 
Shelby, was upped to construction 
engineer. He succeeds G. G. Page who 
was recently named division engineer 
for the new Fourteenth. Albert will 
continue to have headquarters in 
Shelby. He will inspect all roadway 
construction done by contract forces in 
the Eleventh, Twelfth, Thirteenth and 
Fourteenth Divisions. 

T. G. Morton, senior resident engineer 
in the old Fifth at Greensboro, replaces 
Hunter D. Irving who was promoted to 
division engineer of the new Fifth. 
Morton will have headquarters in 
Raleigh. He will inspect all roadway 
construction done by contract forces in 
the Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, 
Ninth and Tenth Divisions. 

E. P. Koonce, construction engineer 
of the Jacksonville office, will continue 
making final roadway inspections in the 
First, Second and Third Divisions. He 
will also inspect in the Sixth. 

The State's three highway construc- 
tion engineers make field plan inspec- 
tions before road work is started, 
current inspections of work in progress 
by contract forces, and final roadway 
inspections. They check to see that the 
State's plans for road construction are 
carried out by the contractor. 

Albert is a civil engineering graduate 
from VPI. His highway service dates 
from 1921 when he started with the 
Commission as a rodman. He left the 
State briefly to work for the Florida 
and then the Tennessee State Highway 

Morton started with the Commission 
as a draftsman in 1926. After one year, 
he left the State and worked two years 
for the Alabama Highway Department 
and twelve years for the Missouri High- 
way Department. An Army Reserve, he 
served from 1941 to 1946 as a Lieuten- 
ant-Colonel. In 1946, he returned to 
North Carolina and the State Highway 
Commission as senior resident engineer 
in the Greensboro office. He is a 1926 
civil engineering graduate from N. C. 
State College. 

Albert, Morton, and Koonce work 
directly under W. B. Hawkins, State 
Construction Engineer. 


AGC Entertains 

The Carolinas Branch of the Associ- 
ated General Contractors of America, 
Inc., royally entertained the Commission 
members, highway employees in the Ra- 
leigh office, and the division engineers 
at a barbecue at Trojan Lake near 
Raleigh recently. Executive secretary 
S. C. Austin was in charge of the 

Governor and Mrs. Umstead were 
there with Highway Chairman and Mrs. 
A. H. Graham. 

After a delicious supper of chicken 
barbecue, highway folks and contractors 
played shuffleboard and danced. A few 
venturesome souls even went row-boat- 
ing on the lake. 

Our sincere thanks to the AGC for a 
highly enjoyable party. "A good time 
was had by all." 

Paving Tested 

A two-mile section of US 301 near 
Godwin in Cumberland County may hold 
the answers to miles of highway paving 

The two-mile strip is an outdoor 
laboratory for bituminous fontractor's 
and the Highway's research engineers. 
The Commission hopes to get an accu- 
rate idea of which of 14 different types 
of bituminous and asphalt resurfacing 
stand up best under heavy traffic. 

The experiment was started more 
than a year ago. Several months were 
spent in selecting a suitable location. 
The Godwin section was picked because 
it is on one of the heaviest — travelled 
roads in the State and because it was 
badly worn. It had a very high type of 
bituminous surfacing which had been 
in service only 17 months but had 
failed and was considered hazai'dous. 

In preparation for the experiment, the 
bituminous surfacing was scraped off 
with road machines and the old and 
worn concrete pavement was exposed to 
traffic again. 

Last fall, highway forces and con- 
tractors' workers divided the test section 
into 14 sub-sections of 1,000 feet each. 
Into each sub-section, a different bitu- 
minous surfacing mixture was spread. 
Records were kept on each of the 14 
test mixtures. 

The strip was graded in 1926, and 
paved with 16-foot wide concrete. 
After 12 years of service, three curves 
were relocated and paved with seven- 
inch concrete, 20 feet wide. The re- 
mainder was widened from 16 to 20 feet. 

Results of the tests should be ready 
late this fall. 

Service Pins Presented 

Unit Six of the NCSHEA recently held 
a barbecue supper at the Wagram 
Prison Camp. Highway employees from 
Scotland and Hoke counties were 

Sixth Commissioner C. A. Hasty and 
Eighth Commissioner Forrest Lockey 
were among the guests. Each spoke 

Supt. A. D. Thames of the prison camp 
welcomed the visitors. Chairman Hal 
McMillan recognized the special guests. 

After executive secretary Otis Banks 
spoke, Division Engineer T. G. Poindex- 
ter presented service pins to the high- 
way employees. 

Those receiving five-year pins in- 
cluded: Hal McMillan. W. F. Caulder, Jr., 
Jesse Chavis, N. J. Evans, James Guinn, 
G. W. Pate, E. M. Peele, J. D. Priest, 
J. W. Priest, P. Priest, J. C. Wallace, 
D. H. Wright, G. E. Cannady, Lee Rue 
Seals, and Clarence David Smith, Jr. 

Ten-year pins were awarded E. J. 
Clark, D. M. Coleman, Tom Dunlap. 
Julian Guinn, Clyde Wallace, Frank 
Wallace, and Edgar Vestal Halcomb. 

Fifteen-year pins were presented 
W. P. Currie and J. A. Peele. 

Lacy Blue, W. G. Davis, James Dea- 
ton, James E. Lee, R. L. Lee, William 
Monroe, and F. T. Peele received 20- 
year pins. 

Work Progresses on 

Pigeon River Road 

Work was ahead of schedule on the 
grading and structures of the Pigeon 
River Road. The contractors, A. B. Biur- 
ton Company, started work on the 6.. 5 9 
mile improvement in April. Since then, 
the contractors have been blasting 
through rock on both the Tennessee side 
and the North Carolina side. The Pigeon 
River canyon is an isolated, uninhabited 
section. Since it is in such an inaccessi- 
ble territory, contract forces have been 
walking part of their way to work each 

The Pigeon River project is the first 
link in a proposed 2 2-mile road from 
Waterville at the Tennessee line through 
the Pigeon River Gorge to Cove Creek. 
The highest elevation on the new road 
will be about 2,500 feet. The maximum 
grade is not expected to exceed five per 
cent. The proposed alignment calls for a 
800-1000 foot tunnel through solid rock 
between Cold Springs and the Tennessee 

Work Starts on New Shops 

The Commission plans to construct 
three brick and concrete block division 
highway shops at Wilmington, Hertford 
and Sylva. The buildings will be 208 
feet long and 60 feet wide with concrete 
floors and brick-veneer walls. Each will 
be laid out for a 45 by 50-foot office and 
stock room, a 45 by 4 5-foot machine 
shop and a 45 by 15-foot lavatory, toilet, 
machinery, and heating space. The re- 
mainder of the building will be used 
as a repair shop. 

Bridge maintenance department crews 
or local contractors will erect the walls 
and main sections of the buildings. 

The Wilmington shop will serve the 
new Third Division; the Hertford shop, 
the new First Highway Division; and 
the Sylva shop, the new 14th Highway 

Reduced Rates Offered 
for 1954 Ice Capades 

Special, reduced rates will be extended 
to highway employees, their families, and 
guests for the opening performance only 
of "Ice Capades of 1954" in the Coliseum 
at N. C. State College in Raleigh, Tuesday 
night, November 3, at 8:30 o'clock, accord- 
ing to W. Z. Belts, director of the 

Highway employees can obtain details 
of the special rates, together with ticket 
application blanks, from the heads of 
their particular department or division or 
district offices. 

For the opening night performance 
only, highway employees can buy regular 
$3.00 tickets for $2.00, regular $2.50 tickets 
for $1.75, regular $2.00 tickets for $1.50, 
and regular $1.50 tickets for $1.00. 

Wayside Park 

Is Appreciated 

The following note from the J. Clark 
Leis's of Clairton, Pennsylvania, was 
recently left at one of the State's road- 
side parks in Watauga County: 

"To the Department of Parks, or 
whom it may concern: 

"We have been to Florida and Cali- 
fornia two different ways; also to South 
Carolina twice. On all our trips, we 
generally use our picnic stove and ice 
box, and thus look for good clean places 
to eat and relax. 

"In all our traveling, this small way- 
side park has been the most enjoyable 
and convenient we have seen. 

"Keep up the good work. It is ap- 








Fields motored through Virginia visiting 
points of liistoric interest and scenic 
beauty . . . They also visited in Washing- 
ton, D. C. . . . The M. E. Neiumans spent 
an enjoyable two weeks visiting Mr\ 
Neivnian's old home in Glasgow. Missouri 
. . . The H. L. Brileys spent a relaxing 
vacation with relatives in Richmond . . . 
While there, they attende^ the opening 
of a new furniture store owned by their 
relatives . . . The J. F. Pooles report a 
delightful trip to Niagara Falls and 
Canada . . . The J. L. Brileys attended 
the wedding of friends in Spartanburg, 
South Carolina ... On their return, they 
spent several days at Myrtle Beach and 

On the Job 

Thi.s motor grader was recently used 
to spread plant mixed hot asphalt at the 
new Weighing Station on Wilkinson 
Boulevard near Charlotte. 

From left, J. C. I'hillips, --ans fore- 
man; on the motor grader, Perry Sloan, 
oi>erator; E. M. Boone, section foreman 
helper; and Ed Lipscomb, Ituck driver. 

stopped for a visit with the Ike Strawns 
in Columbia . . . Mrs. 8trau-n is a former 
equipment employee . . . The G. P. Sanders 
spent a seashore vacation at Topsail and 
Carolina Beach . . . The D. F. Johnsons 
went to Nagshead and Manteo . . . The 
L. B. Coxes went to historic Williamsburg 
and Manteo . . . Mrs. Bratha Ahee and 
family rested at Kure Beach for a week 
. . . The E. M. Woolards visited friends in 
Norfolk as well as relatives in Carolina 
. . . They stopped at several Virginia 
beaches . . . Other vacationists include: 
L. C. Bunch, Jr., J. H. Guirkins, J. F. 
Rouse, A. W. Sumrell, A. W. Williams. 
Jr.. J. F. Phillips, and H. W. Stokes with 
the equipment department. 

SICK LIST . . . Carl Laughinghouse 
was ill at his home . . . Willie Adams. 
section foreman, is recuperating nicely 
in the Taylor Hospital in Washington. 

Bass has three junior additions . . . Little 
Joe Ann Taylor was born June 23 to the 
(?. A. Taylors . . . Master Ralph D. Bailey. 
II. was born July 26 to the R. D. Bailey's 
. . . and Master Clinton Cox. II. was born 
July 29, to the Clinlou Co.res . . . Our best 
wislies to the proud parents. 

THE PITT County chapter of the 
NCSHEA hit an all-time high attendance 
record in June when 200 folks were 
present for the sumptious barbecue dinner 
meeting . . . The K. R. Scotts, the Earl 
Crumps, Dr. Paul Jones of Farmville, and 
Secretary Otis Banks were among the 
guests ... A safety movie was shown . . . 
An enjoyable program was furnished by 
Mark Worthington (The One-Man Band) 
. . . This year's officers were re-elected for 
another year: Chairman, Anne A.ikeir : 
Vice-Chairman, Horace Vincent: Secre- 
tary-Treasurer, Charles Bass ...CD. 
Bass, Lonnie Buck. J. L. McDonald, 
Johnnie Briley. Harold Ross, Jasper Boyd. 
D. F. Johnson, and Paul Craioford pre- 
pared and cooked the barbecue which 
everyone liked. 



HE DUPLIN Chapter of the NCSHEA 
held its regular bi-monthly meeting June 
2G . . . Officers for the coming year were 
elected: Bill Ingram, chairman; J. C. 
Nethercutt, vice-chairman; and J. D. 
Kornegay, secretary-treasurer ... A tine 
fried chicken supper was served . . . 
Sampson County visitors included district 
engineer B. Whiteside, maintenance 
supervisor Thad Carroll, Mr. Wooten, and 
Red Kirkland. 

WE ARE SORRY that mechanic E. J. 
Pridgen of Kenansville recently lost his 
home by Are . . . Fortunately members 
of the family escaped without injury as 
the flre started at three in the morning. 

lOME VANDALS with a distorted 
sense of humor went to great trouble to 
collect signs from all over North Carolina 
and even parts of South Carolina. 

Highway employees found three truck 
loads of the signs mounted in tree tops 
and nailed upon trees in an isolated spot 
— the banks of Turnbull Creek in Bladen 
County — about five miles from a highway. 

Such destruction of the State's highway 
signs annually costs the State about 




Wilson Officers 

When the AVilson County Chapter of 
the NCSHEA met at the division shop in 
Wilson in June, these men were elected 
officers for the coming year, from left: 
Bennett Flowers, chairman; Tom 
Wilkins, vice-chairman; and John M. 
Webb, secretary-treasurer. 

Flowers is with Equipment, Wilkins 
with Landscape, and Webb Avith division 

T. J. McKim, Earl Crump, and F. M. 
Edgerton spoke briefly. Each discussed 
benefits from working harmoniously 

MAINTENANCE foreman N. T. 
Pickett's son, W. F., recently joined the 
Armed Services and is stationed in 

SICK LIST . . . Gf. F. Brown continues 
his convalescence from a recent illness at 
home . . . A.W. Ivey is at home recuperat- 
ing from a sickness . . . C. J. Gv,y is a 
patient in the Veterans Hospital in 
Durham, where he is being treated for 
arthritis . . . E. 0. Littleton is still absent 
from work due to an illness . . . B. B. 
Brown is back on the job after a spinal 
operation at the Veterans Hospital in 


Congratulations to r. d. Grant- 
nam who was appointed assistant division 
engineer ... It is a well-deserved honor 
and the folks in the Fourth offer him 
their cooperation . . . Grantham is a 
former resident engineer. 

DIVISION engineer T. J. McKim is on 
a 30-day leave of absence . . . Construction 
engineer E. P. Koonce of the Jacksonville 
office will be acting division engineer 
while Mr. McKim is out. 

Goudy were summer workers with the 
Construction Department . . . George 
Brinkley, Jr., son of the division equip- 
ment superintendent, worked during the 
summer with D. H. Hancock. 

FOUR MEN attended the National 
Guard's two-week summer encampment: 
District engineer Ivan Hardesty, road oil 
supervisor 8. F. Holmes, right-of-way man 

J. G. Lamm, and road oil employee H. C. 
Moss . . . Five men in the location party — • 
Alton D. Dicker son. Homer M. Batchelor, 
Harvey R. Boyvtte. John A. Kennedy, and 
Kenneth T. Pearce — were called to active 
fluty with the Guard for training. 

OUR DEEPEST sympathy to G. W. 
Mitchell, road oil employee, who recently 
lost his father . . . And to the family of 
temporary road oil employee J. B. Burn- 
ette who was killed in an automobile 
accident, July 25. 

One-AAan Band 

Mark Worthington put on a one-man 
baud show when 200 people attended 
the Pitt County chapter of NCSHEA 
meeting at Greenville in June. Mark is 
a talented highway employee and an 
active Association member in Greene 

VACATIONS . . . Monk Webb of the 
division office reports he saw several real 
good ball games in Washington, D. C, in 
June . . . District two engineer .B. W. 
Dawson and his family saw several good 
shows and visited Radio City when they 
recently vacationed in New York City . . . 
Secretary Audrey Lamm of the division 
office took a recent trip to Carolina Beach 
. . . The Sid Clarks and Tommy Perry 
accompanied her . . . Secretary Alma M. 
Moore of the division office returned from 
her New York City vacation flashing a big 
diamond ring . . . She married her Tony 
in September. 

STENOGRAPHER Mrs. Mary Buryess 
of the right-of-way department attended 
the Rocky Mount June German . . . 
Engineering aide George Sakas also 

SIGN SUPERVISOR Burrell Connor's 
daughter, Peggy, was recently married to 
Charles Horace Bedgood, Jr. 

A GENERAL meeting of the district 
engineers, maintenance supervisors and 
division road oil supervisor was held in 
the division office in June . . . Commis- 

sioner Emmett Robinson and division 
engineer T. J. McKim presided . . . Assist- 
ant division engineer Grantham and divi- 
sion equipment superintendent Brinkley 
were among those who attended. 

THE JOHNSTON County chapter of 
the NCSHEA held a meeting in June . . . 
A barbecue dinner was served ... At the 
business session afterwards, these men 
were elected officers for the coming year: 
James Massengill. chairman; T. C. Gup- 
ton, vice-chairman; and Joe Massengill, 
secretary-treasurer . . . Brief talks were 
made by Earl Crump and Bob Dawson. 

THE J. C. JONES, JR., announce the 
birth of a baby boy, June 26 . . . Mr. Jones 
is with the Wilson County Maintenance 

DONALD W. STEHLEY recently passed 
his flve-year work anniversary with the 
Commission . . . Congratulations, Donald. 

A SPEEDY recovery to road oil em- 
ployee George W. Davis who was seriously 
injured in an automobile accident and is 
now in McGuire Hospital in Richmond 
. . . And to resident engineer S. 0. South- 
all's wife who is home from the hospital 
and recuperating from a minor illness. 

THE NASH County Chapter of the 
NCSHEA met in the Nashville equipment 
shop in June . . . After a barbecue supper, 
officers for the coming year were elected: 
MI. P. Yount, president; R. W. Haivkins. 
vice-president; and Mrs. Clatie Abernethy, 
secretary and treasurer . . . Guests includ- 
ed T. J. McKim, Earl Crump, Bob Dawson 
and Dave Hancock. 

TO HEAR 8. 0. 8outhall and Dave 
Hancock talk, you'd think the War 
Between the States is still going on . . . 
Rebel Southall and Yankee Hancock miss 
no opportunity to throw verbal Minnie 
Balls at each other. 

New Addition 

Little Susan Victoria Leonard, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Battle 
Leonard, was born June 10. Her mother 
was a secretary in the district office at 




In Service 

John W. Hiiiiii)lu<-.\ ;> sdnlciu ;ii 

the Uiiiveisity ot Xorth Caioliua until 
he was drafted in February. He's been 
at Camp Ciordon, Ga. since then. His 
dad, John Lee Humphrey, is the main- 
tenance supervisor at Morehead City. 


Work is underway on the addition to 
the division office in Durham . . . Plans 
call tor four offices to be built in the new 
addition which is immediately behind and 
joined to the present district office build- 
ing .. . Excavation on the basement is 
complete ... The one-story addition will 
have a brick exterior. 

VACATIONS . . . Granville County 
claims they have no outstanding fisher- 
men now, but they should have soon, since 
the John H. Kerr Reservoir has been 
developed . . . Gang foreman W. 0. Dick- 
erson went to Washington, D. C, for a 
few days ... He did some sight-seeing, 
but the hot weather finally drove him 
home . . . Section foreman L. A. Hutson 
and his family spent an enjoyable week 
at Carolina Beach . . . These men report 
recent vacations: Sam H. Averette. J. R. 
Rlacl-weU. Cr. E. Crittcher, W. B. Grady. 
H. E. Hicks. Bmce Hockaday, Robert A. 
Mathew. H. S. Whiff. J. L. Williomf!. and 
P. L. Woodlief. 

BEST WISHES to section foreman 
helper Harold G. Wheeler who was recent- 
ly married to Louise Critcher, daughter 
of gang foreman E. B. Critcher . . . And 
to section foreman driver Milton H. Loyd 
who was married to Doris Stevenson of 
Macon, June 7. 

OUR SYMPATHY to B. P. Smiley, squad 
truck driver, in the sickness and recent 
death of his mother . . . And to motor 
grader operator W. A. Laws and to section 
foreman helper F. H. Laios in the recent 
death of their father. 

THE GRANVILLE County chapter of 
the NCSHEA held a July meeting in the 

maintenance quarters . . . Officers ,fox the 
coming year were elected: R. G. WiUiainft, 
chairman; W. A. Laics, vice-chairman; 
Elvin A. Lumpkin, secretary-treasurer . . . 
J. A. Barber was elected a delegate to the 
State convention at Raleigh this fall . . . 
//. B. Royster was named his alternate. 

THE WARREN County employees have 
been transferred from the First Division 
to the New Fifth . . . They hope to meet 
and like the men of the Fifth as much as 
they liked the men in the First. 

WE ARE GLAD that M. J. Sijain is 
improving after his recent hospitaliza- 
tion and will soon be back on the section 
truck . . . That H. B. Royster is recovering 
from his operation in May . . . And that 
former motor grader operator Guy T. 
Wheeler who retired on disability may be 
able to work soon. 


Vacations . . . Mrs. Ruth Jarmon, 
stenographer in the First District office 
in Graham, and her husband spent three 
enjoyable days sight-seeing in the moun- 
tains of Western North Carolina . . . 
The Louie Maddens spent several days in 
Florida . . . The B. Taylors spent the 
week-end in the mountains . . . The 
Morris L. Collies spent a few days at Stone 
Mountain and other points of interest 
. . . Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Simmons and 
family visited friends in Augusta, Georgia 
. . . Mr. and 3Irs. Layton Gunter spent 
several June days in New York City and 
later they went to White Lake . . . The 
.1. Broivcr McPhcrsons and son sunned 
themselves in Florida . . . Mr. and Mrs. 
Marshall Dailey and son journeyed to the 
mountains . . . Mr. and Mrs. Emmett 
■Joseph visited relatives in Kentucky . . . 

Birthday Cake 

Three year-old Helinda and one year- 
old Jennifer, daughters of Jack Johnson, 
pause while eating birthday cake. Their 
dad is with the construction depart- 
ment in North Wilkesboro. 


(;ang foreman W. O. Dickerson re- 
tired July 15, after 20 years service. He 
first started with tlie Prison Depart- 
ment in Granville County as a guard 
and worked there for over three years. 
Then he transferred to Maintenance as 
a gang foreman. 

"Captain Dick", as liis men called 
him, was considered a willing and con- 
scientious worker. A deacon and choir 
member, he has attended the West 
Oxford Ha)itist Church for many years. 

Since liis retirement, he has been 
operating a service station on VS 15 
near Oxford. 

The Charlie Poicells spent some time in 
the mountains . . . Mrs. Julia Howard. 
stenographer in the First District Office, 
and her husband spent a week-end at 
Myrtle Beach. 

GET WELL WISHES to J. W. Hooper's 
mother who was a recent patient at the 
Alamance County Hospital in Burlington 
. . . To Orange County maintenance super- 
visor C. I. Walter.^' daughter who was in 
an automobile accident . . . And to Ala- 
mance County maintenance supervisor 
C. E. McLeod's nephew who is a patient 
at the Central Carolina Convalescent Hos- 
pital in Gi'eensboro. 

WE'RE GLAD to see Preston F. Page. 
section foreman helper in Caswell County, 
back on the job after being out a few 

TRUCK driver Charlie J. Powell of 
Caswell County has moved into his new 
home in Milton . . . Other new home 
l)uilders are Harry Wannamaker, Ira 0. 
Cooke. J. B. Taylor, Wade A. Kimhall, and 
Dan Blalock. 

THE CONSTRUCTION Department re- 
cently honored T. G. Morton with a fare- 
well chicken stew party . . . Morton, 
former senior resident engineer of 
Graham, was promoted and transferred 
to Raleigh as senior construction engineer 




Pfc. Charles R. Porter received his 
honorable discharge in June. After 
entering the Army in 1950, he served 
for some time in the European Com- 
mand. His father, C. Neal Porter, em- 
ployed with the Sign Deijartment in 
Shelby, was earlier featured as a big 
blood donor in ROADWAYS. 

,sop;i . . Both have been on the sick list 
'^fpr^ several months. 

OUR SYMPATHY to the family of 
Graham R. Allen, roadway inspector in 
Chatham County from Gulf, who died 
July 22 . . . Allen had been in failing 
health for several months . . . He was 
only 24 . . . Our sympathy also to Wayne 
Cagle, Randolph County gang foreman, 
In the death of his mother, Mrs. Ethel A. 
Cagle of Seagrove. 

VACATIONS . . . These folks took 
advantange of that ten per cent increase 
and vacationed . . . W. P. Tatum, district 
mechanic, made the rounds in the north- 
ern states . . . J. L. Riley, road oil super- 
visor, and his family spent a week at 
Ocean Drive Beach . . . W. A. Carter, 
maintenance supervisor, took his family 
to Florida ...CD. Allrecl and Tommie 
Williams, mechanics, took their families 
to the mountains . . . Joan Richardson, 
secretary in the division office, saw the 
sights of Washington, D. C. . . . Carolyn 
Graves, secretary in the division office, 
and her husband took their two boys to 
see the ocean at Carolina Beach. 

BEST WISHES to Rufus Lawrence, 
section foreman in Randolph County, who 

. . . Our best wishes to him in his new 
position . . . We welcome J. B. Clifton, 
who replaces him, to our district. 

TWO MEN from Caswell County — 
Maynard Natice and J. H. Lunsford, Jr. — 
have left to enter the Armed Services. 

THE CARL PAINTERS announce the 
arrival of a son, William Keith, June 18 
. . . Father Painter is a resident engineer. 

OUR DEEPEST sympathy to Alamance 
County employee Charles Reavis In the 
death of his father ... To Rufus V. 
Nelson, a Caswell County employee, in 
the death of his brother . . . And to the 
family of Alvis L. Ford, former Caswell 
County employee, who died of wounds in 

A DELIGHTFUL barbecue was recently 
given by the men of the Maintenance 
Department in Alamance County. 

Greason on his marriage to Mrs. Nell 
Mansfield, July 1, in Chesterfield, South 
Carolina . . . They were attended by Mr. 
and Mrs. J. T. Martin . . . The newly- 
weds honeymooned in the mountains and 
at Myrtle Beach . . . Greason is a well- 
known highway inspector. 


Congratulations to w. h. Darden 

of Broadway who has been , made road 
maintenance supervisor in Montgomery 
County under the new 14-division set-up. 

WE HOPE to see assistant division 
engineer A. J. Hughes and A. E. Hamil- 
ton, roadway inspector, back on the job 

Bridal Couple 

Frank Tyson and his bride, the former 
Rachel Helms of Monroe, i)ose after 
their recent wedding. Frank is with the 
Construction Department in Charlotte. 

retired August 1, after 22 years with the 
State in Randolph County . . . He is 72 
years old. 

BETTY SUE ALFORD, daughter of 
division mechanic J. H. Alford, was 
married July 18, to Sam Pickette, Jr., of 
Asheboro . . . The Picketts will live in 
Asheboro where he is in the used car 

THE division employee members of 
the NCSHEA held their annual supper 
meeting in Sanford, July 16 . . . The 

following officers for 1954 were elected: 
Luther H. Berrier, Jr., president; E. B. 
Thomilson, vice-president; and Herman 
Shaw, secretary-treasurer. 

THE J. E. NALLS of Carthage are 
mighty happy since the birth of a 
daughter August 3 . . . JSlall is a road oil 
truck driver . . . There are two new addi- 
tions at the J. C. Jones' home in Sanford 
. . . Twin sons were born to the Jones' 
July 1 . . . The father is a field mechanic 
in Lee County. 

MECHANIC Ted Trogdon of the divi- 
sion shop resigned July 31 . . . He"ll work 
with the Dodge garage in Asheboro. 



1 HE NEW Ninth Division moved into 
temporary quarters on the second floor 
of the building on the northeast corner 
of Fourth and Cherry Streets in Winston- 
Salem . . . Division engineer Z. V. Steioart 
after an absence of 16 years, is happy 
to return to his old stompin' grounds . . 
He, his wife, and youngest son have 
settled down at 940 Hawthorne Road in 
Winston-Salem . . . Division road oil 
supervisor Walter Pugh moved his wife 
and son into a home on Okalina Avenue 
in Winston-Salem . . . The Pughs former- 
ly lived in North Wilkesboro. 

R. B. FITZGERALD was promoted 
from district engineer to assistant divi- 
sion engineer . . . The only moving neces- 
sary in this change was to help Mrs. 
Florence F^ilp, district secretary, pack 
her files and crocheting and transfer said 
equipment to the division office . . . Mrs. 
Fulp has been promoted from district to 
division secretary-stenographer . . . She 
will assist Joe Lowry who was promoted 

Paul Lominac, Jr., is the son of Mr. 
and Mrs. Paul Lominac of Andrews. 
Paul, Jr., enlisted in the Navy in 1950. 
After boot camp at Great Lakes, Hli- 
nois, and an aviation electrician's mate 
course in Florida, he was stationed in 
the Pacific with Patrol Squadron 22 on 
Okinawa. His father is a gang foreman 
in the Fourteenth Division. 




from the cunstructiou engineering party 
'at Winston-Salem to ofRce engineer. 

R. L. CHEW, a maintenance supervisor 
located at Wadesboro tor many years, was 
jpromoted to district engineer at Winston- 
Salem ... He plans to move his wife, son 
and daughter soon to a new home there. 

THE LATEST addition to the highway 
family is Mrs. Marie Brucey . . . She was 
recently employed as secretary-steno- 
grapher in the district office . . . We 
welcome you, Marie, and hope to have 
iyour services for many years. 

GEORGE RIKE, district engineer ai 
Albemarle for the past four years, moved 
back to his old headquarters at Salisbury 
. . . Rowan and Davidson are in his new 
district . . . Mrs. Charlotte Shuping is 
the district secretary at Salisbury — a 
position she held for several years before 
the office was moved to Albemarle . . . 
Welcome home, Charlotte. 

ALL the employees of the old Eighth 
Division were deeply grieved over the 
death of Joseph Reid Forrest, supervisory 
foreman in Stokes County . . . Reid, a 
highway veteran with 22 years service, 
was considered one of the most valuable 
men in the division . . . We join his wife, 
Edna, and daughter, Jo Ann, in sharing 
our loss of a trustworthy companion and 
faithful employee. 



1 HE UNION County chapter of the 
NCSHEA enjoyed a barbecued chicken 
dinner at the club house in Monroe, July 
25 . . . This year's officers were reelected 
for the coming year. 

WE WISH R. L. Chew, new district 
engineer in the Ninth, much success in 
his new work . . . We commend him on 
his fine work as maintenance supervisor 
in Richmond County. 

James Guy Monette, Jr., was only 16 
months old when this picture was made. 
His father, J. G. Monette, has been a 
machine operator at New Bern for the 
past five years. 

H. N. McWHlRTER, former supervisor 
of Union County, has been transferred 
to supervisor of Montgomery . . . After 
33 years of highway experience, we know 
Mr. MvWhirter will continue to make an 
outstanding record. 

SICK LIST . . . We're sorry that W. H. 
Braswell of Monroe is out sick . . . Three 
maintenance employees — Marvin Jones, 
L. M. Kelly and Glenn Eargle — were re- 
cently hospitalized . . . Mrs. Doris A. 
Burleson, stenographer in the division 
office, is on leave of absence due to illness 
. . . C. A. Mabry. M. H. Ramsey, Clyde 
Hatley and Arnold Lowder are now re- 
cuperating after recent operations ... A 
speedy recovery to each. 

THE STANLY County chapter of the 
NCSHEA had a barbecue chicken dinner 
supper June 26 . . . The event was well 
attended . . . Roy Smith of the sign de- 
partment was elected chairman . . . Divi- 
sion engineer M. E. Beatty spoke briefly 
. . . T. F. Royall was recognized as the 
new district engineer for Stanly County 
. . . Farewells and best wishes went to 
George E. Rike who has been district 
engineer in Stanly County for the past 
20-odd years . . . Rike is now a district 
engineer in the New Ninth Division. 

Pff. Ronald Hill has been stationed 
with the U. S. Army in Korea as an 
.Army jjersonnel clerk. He is the son of 
Hubert Guy Hill, supply foreman in 
Cherokee County. 

STENOGRAPHER Syrella Pickler of 
the division office spent ten days in 
Florida during June . . . Mrs. Frank 
Russell, right-of-way stenographer, went 
to Myrtle Beach for a few days . . . These 
men in Maintenance recently vacationed: 
H. W. Goodriim, J. C. Phillips. Bill Was- 
havi, J. G. Alexander, C. A. Barnette, 
W. H. Irvin, Bill Pender, A. F. Penninger, 
Willis Tilson, and J. M. Mason . . . R. G. 
Tice took his family to Myrtle Beach for 
a few days ... He reports they had a 
fine time . . . Mrs. N. E. Harrington and 
her sister spent the third week in July 
at Myrtle Beach . . . The sun did its part; 
we now call Eloise, "Little Squaw". 


K. L. Brown of Charlotte, Charlie 
Musser of Kaleijih, H. E. Koo::itz of 
Elkin, and Walter Pugh of Winston- 
Salem were snai)ppd getting ready to 
fish off Wrightsville Beach. 

P. R. Brown Towle of Wilmington, 
owner of the beautiful boat, Mafista, 
sent the fishing party out to sea with 
his pilot, Raymond Porter. About thrre 
miles off shore, tliey ran into a school 
of king mackerel. Between tlioni, they 
landed it7 tish — ;?(> king mackerel, 
weighing six to eight pounds each, and 
one Spanish mackerel. 

Bottom picture shows th<' men with 
their day's catch. 

M. E. Beatty, Jr., on the recent birth of 
a daughter, Cathy . . . Division engineer 
Beatty is the proud grandfather of this 
young lady . . . Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Car- 
penter announce the birth of a daughter, 
Wanda Jean, June 24. 

BEST WISHES to Mr. and Mrs. C. N. 
Cranford on the birth of a son ... To 
Mr. and Mrs. G. 0. Glover on the birth of 
a daughter ... To Mr. and Mrs. A. B. 
Blake on the birth of a son ... To Mr. 
and Mrs. W. W. Lon-der on the birth of 
a daughter . . . And double good wishes 
to Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Hannah, on the 
recent birth of tioin daughters. 

BESSIE Lee Bradley, stenographer in 
district two, recently resigned to accept 
other employment. 

DIVISION road oil supervisor W. T 
Smith has recently purchased a home in 
Badin . . . He'll move his family from 
Mt. Gilead to Badin soon. 

THE MANY friends of H. A. Harivood 
were saddened by his death July 23 . . . 
He had been a gang foreman in Stanly 




County for many years until his retire- 
ment with a lieart condition in January. 

MAINTENANCE man Jolm W. Jones 
of Charlotte has returned from Reserve 
Officers Training Camp in Alabama. 


OWDERMAN C. H. Kemp was rather 
excited when he returned home from 
work one day and found a five-foot four- 
inch black snake in his television set . . . 
You'll have to see him for the details. 

GET WELL wishes to Mm. M. C. Absher 
of Ashe County who broke her arm while 
feeding Mac's coon dog . . . And to Custer 
Wallace, bulldozer operator, who almost 
lost his foot when a bulldozer blade fell 
across his ankle. 

BLAN LITTLE, motor grader operator, 
has returned to work after attending his 
father and son who were ill with food 

THESE MEN, with their home towns 
and the dates, celebrated birthdays in 
August: E. C. Norris, eighth; W. J. Baird 
of Sherwood, 17th; Wileij T. Bare of 
Nathans Creek, 13th; A. D. Cook of 
Zionsville, 24th; Russell Cornett of ShuUs 
Mills, sixth; G. E. Dula of Lenoir, 13th; 
F. E. Edminsten of Sugar Grove, 15th; 
D. 8. Faiv of Lenoir, 20th; J. A. LyalJs 
of Bina, 29th; and Deioeij Mitchell of 
Blowing Rock, 21st. 

BIRTHDAY wishes go to these men, 
with the date, who will celebrate birth- 
days in September: A. M. Lyalls of Jeffer- 
son, second; C H. Kemp of Smethport, 
30th; Arnold Bare of Wagoner; 20th; 
Lloyd Bare, Jr., of Wagoner, 12th; H. M. 
Bledsoe of Boone, 26th; W. J. Coffey of 
Lenoir, first; J. W. Cooper of West 
Jefferson, third; C. M. Greer of Lenoir, 
fifth; Dwight Hayes of Vilas, 14th; Fred 
Owens of Warrensville, 23rd; and B. A. 
Rainey of Lenoir, eleventh. 

Young Son 


This smiling little fellow is Eric 
Mauney. He celebrated his first birth- 
day in July. His dad, Ken Mauney, is a 
highway engineer located at Shelby. 

Jody Doughton, daughter of Assistant 
Eleventh Division Engineer and Mrs. 
J. E. Doughton of North Wilkesboro, 
was elected Secretary of State in the 
recent annual Tar Heel Girl's State at 

Jody will be a senior at AVilkcs 
Central High School this fall. 

IN OCTOBER, these men have birth- 
days: Bennie B. Baird of Vilas, eleventh; 
F. D. Blevins of Grassy Creek, 29th; H. H. 
Freeman of Lenoir, 26th; J. W. Hartley 
of Lenoir, first; C. M. Hollar of Boone, 
16th; D. F. Jones of Smethport, eleventh; 
and J. C. Martin of Lenoir, seventh. 

BEST WISHES to Cora Lec Andrews 
and Joe McLean who were recently 



LANY highway folks have been 
vacationing . . . H. F. Arledge of right-of- 
way and his family made a trip to the 
beach . . . Gene White (right-of-way) and 
his family took a few days off as did 
right-of-way engineer J. D. Peek and his 
family . . . Carl and Martha Allen and 
their family went to Kure Beach . . . 
Carl is with equipment; Martha is a right- 
of-way stenographer . . . Buford Wellmon 
of construction and Mrs. Wellmon vaca- 
tioned at Kure Beach . . . Bud Austell of 
construction and his wife, Nita, spent a 
week at the beach ... On the way down, 
the Austells stopped at White Lake . . . 
T. G. Brooks of the division office took 
a week's vacation in August . . . Marion 
Davis, stenographer in the district office, 
vacationed at Daytona Beach . . . Main- 
tenance supervisor J. I. Church took his 
family on a vacation the last of July . . . 
District engineer H. H. Weaver and his 
family spent several days at Ocean Drive 
. . . C. G. Boston. Jr.. of construction and 
his family went to the beach in July. 

ABOUT 40 people were on hand for a 
meeting of the division oflSce chapter of 

NCSHEA at Brackett Cedar Park, July 17, 
... A delicious chicken and fish supperj 
was served. 

MORE VACATIONS . . . Mr. and Mrs 
L. H. Beam accompained by P. L. Cantrell 
went to Boone July 11, to see the outdoor! 
drama, "Horn in the West" . . . Two men 
at Statesville — L. H. Beam and J. G. 
Gaither — recently took a few days off for 
vacation . . . P. J. Corpening and family 
spent a week at the Corpening cabin on 
Lake James; fishing was the main attrac- 
tion . . . Mr. and Mrs. P. D. Miller and 
son, John Aubrey, chose Richmond and 
Washington, D. C, for a sight-seeing 
trip . . . L. D. Gaither and family rested 
on the beach at Ocean Drive . . . District 
correspondent for Roadways, Lois B. 
Knox, was accompanied by her husband, 
C. W. Knox, to Myrtle Beach for a vaca- 
tion week . . . Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Laidlaw 
and son, Bobby, and the C. E. Laidlaivs 
spent a few days at Myrtle Beach visiting 
Miss Clara Laidlaw, sister of R. E. and 
C. E. Laidlaw . . . Mr. and Mrs. J. F. 
Ahernathy and son, Howard, visited their 
daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. 
Charles Heath, in Illinois . . . Mr. and 
Mrs. Bill Eskridge spent a few days in 
Wake Forest visiting Mrs. Eskridge's 
sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs 
Leland Jones . . . Ray C. Short went to 
Ridgecrest to take some R. A. from the 
Elizabeth Baptist Church. 

AMONG the several hundred who "took 
to the hills" in June, to attend the bar- 
becue given by W. E. Graham and Sons 
on the site of the relocation of US 70 
from Old Fort to Ridgecrest were district 
engineer P. D. Miller, maintenance super 
visors P. J. Corpening and H. B. Shearer, 
and resident engineer P. L. Cantrell . 
The group had an opportunity to see first- 
hand the mammoth grading job. 

EVERYONE is glad that division 
engineer L. B. Peck and Jim Reep of the 

I'fc. Jack Ravtcr was stationed with 
the US Army in Germany. His dad, 
W. H. Raxter, who is a gang foreman in 
the Fourteenth Division is mighty proud 
of him. 




load oil department are both home from 
he hospital and should be back to work 
;oon . . . That BiU Andrews of construc- 
ion has returned to work after being on 
iick leave due to a leg injury . . . And 
hat Benny Gordon Wilson, four-year old 
;on of bridge maintenance man Ernest 
^. Wilson of Catawba County, is making 
;teady improvement after being stricken 
vith polio in June; Benny has been a 
jatient at the Mercy Hospital in Char- 
otte for the past three months. 

FOUR employees— Z7mZ Poovey, bridge 
'oreman in Iredell County; E. A. Bunton, 
'. .S'. Honeycutt, and C. R. Rankin of the 
maintenance department— have had ex- 
pended periods of illness recently . . . 
We hope they are much better now. 

UNIT Nine of the NCSHEA held their 
annual meeting, July 10, in the division 
hop at Shelby . . . Officers for the coming 
year were elected: G. J. Yoting. chairman; 
P. J. Cor-pening, vice-chairman; R. E. 
Laidlmw, secretary-treasurer; and Mrs. 
Marion Davis, assistant secretary-treas- 

THE FOLLOWING men, with the 
number of years, from equipment were 
recently awarded service emblems: 
Robert J. Gilbert, five; Thomas 0. Matlock 
and Hubert Rollins, ten; J. C. Tilley, 15; 
J. F. Abernathy and P. D. Lytton, 20; 
[and R. E. Laidlaw, 30 . . . Congratulations 
to each and may they wear their service 
[emblems with pride! 

A. H. ALLEN of landscape was trans- 
ferred to Asheville . . . His work at 
Shelby will be taken over by William 

WAYNE EVERIDGE after a two-year 
stretch in the Army (18 months in 
Germany) is back on the job again . . . 
He's a truck driver for -/. Knox of the 
sign department. 

Island Markers 

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Santl-fllled buckets outline a channel 
island. If the buckets are not formed in 
the proper shape, they can be ad- 
justed and moved. After the trial period, 
an asphalt curb and reflectorized delhi- 
eators will replace the buckets. 

W. H. BARRETT of the construction 
party in Shelby has been transferred to 
the party at Statesville . . . He expects 
to move his family to Statesville soon. 

into their new home at 111 Thompson 
Street in Shelby. 

GOOD LUCK to W. A. Doicns who 
recently resigned after ten years service 
with the equipment department. 

OUR DEEPEST sympathy to inspector 
M. G. Feimster in the death of his father, 
June 8. 




HE NEW bridge over the Cane River 
is now open to traffic ... It was completed 
July 1 ; and approaches were finished 
July 13. 

DISTRICT Two composed of Buncombe, 
Madison, Mitchell and Yancey counties 
was visited by a member of the Turkish 
Highway Department . . . Mr. Zedeal of 
Turkey was here observing maintenance 
and construction work in western North 
Carolina . . . He says this region is 
similar to his native land except that 
there is less vegetation in Turkey. 

THE ROAN Mountain picnic was held 
while the rhodedendron was in full 
bloom . . . Several highway employees 
from the neighboring counties were 
present . . . Chief Engineer W. H. Rogers. 
Jr. and Nathan Yelton, secretary of 
Teachers and State Employees Retire- 
ment System, were also present. 

NEW HOMES . . . Two men— T/iohiu.s 
Tipton and Vance Proffltt — took their 
vacations to build new homes . . . Proffitt's 
house is on property near Seecelo Art 
School in Burnsville . . . The new home 
of Adler Phillips is nearing completion. 

OUR SYMPATHY to supervisory fore- 
man Fred Hollifield in the death of his 
wife's brother ... To the family of 
George Tipton who had been a truck 
driver in Yancey County for two years 
until his recent death ... To Clifford, 
Page and E. F. Hunter in the death of 
their mother . . . And to O. />. ElUr in 
the death of his brother. 

GUS HIGGINS increased his family 
with the addition of a new son-in-law . . . 
His daughter, Shirley, became the bride 
of Harold Hensley recently. 

MOTOR GRADER operator Robert J. 
Rive has resigned to accept a job with a 
contractor on a construction job in Ice- 

IT'S GOOD to see W. J. Dodd and M. H. 
Proffitt back at work after extended ill- 
nesses . . . We hope Mack Gouge, Roland 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ij. Schuster of Nor- 
lina were married in June. He's a .squad 
foreman with the Maintenance Depart- 
ment. She is the former Jo.yce Pully of 

Peek, M. H. Beck and H. F. Meadows who 
have been on sick leave will be on the 
job soon . . . Beck plans to retire in 

CHARLES PHILLIPS is a proud pappa 
again — another girl . . . That brings his 
total to seven girls, no boys. 

THERE'S another little girl at John 
Morrow's home . . . His total? . . . Four 
girls, two boys. 

Unit Four Prexy 

Wlien the Unit Four meeting of the 
XCSHEA was held in Wilson recently, 
road oil supervisor S. ¥. Holmes (on the 
right) was elected chairman. That's his 
road oil foreman on the left. The mem- 
bers enjoyed barbecue at I'arker's. 

K. W. Dawson was elected vice-chair- 
num and Buddy Smith, secretary- 
treasurer, of Unit Four for the coming 

Executive secretary Otis Banks, State 
vice-chairman J. L. McDonald and R. W. 
Dawson spoke. Delegates to the State 
convention in Raleigh this fall were 






HEWS from the Chief Engineer's oiflce 
is that Bill Rogers' family spent the 
month of July at Atlantic Beach and he 
joined them on week-ends . . . Avis Knight 
visited her son and his family in Hamp- 
ton, Virginia ... Louis Payne is back 
after being out from an insect bite on 
his foot. 

IN THE LEGAL Department, Virginia 
Lyon and her family spent a fine week at 
Virginia Beach . . . Kenneth Wooten took 
his wife and baby daughter to White 
Lake for a week . . . Ella Mae SorreU 
took a week vacation in August. 

WE'RE ALL GLAD to see our chief 
right-of-way engineer, T. B. Wilson, back 
on the job. 

IN EQUIPMENT, Ollie Mae Crahtree 
married Richard C. Roberts in New 
Sharon Methodist Church at Hillsboro, 
September 5 . . . Essie Ruth Jones vaca- 
tioned at home and toured the mountains 
. . . Edith Williams and her family spent 
a week at Wrightsville Beach in July . . . 
Vera Graham visited relatives in McClel- 
lansville, South Carolina, for a week in 
August . . . Ethel Byrcl Jones spent a few 
days in Georgia with her husband, Fred, 
a buyer for American Tobacco Company 
. . . Frances Stephenson spent a week at 
Carolina Beach in August . . . Susan 
Hayes worked in the equipment records 
office during the summer. 

OUR SYMPATHY to Trulah Page and 
Alice Gorham in the death of their 
brothers-in-law ... To TV. O. Mangum. 
party chief, in the loss of his brother . . . 
And to F. B. Hall in the death of his 

WE WERE ALL saddened by the death 
of W. S. Smethurst, August 4. After 22 
years service as an architectural de- 
signer with the bridge department, he 
retired last year. 

UP IN ROADWAY, John Morson cele- 
brated his birthday — July 10 . . . George 
Smith, Jr., is back in the drafting room 
after two years service in the Air Force 
. . . M. B. McEwen went to the mountains 
and saw "Horn in the West" . . . R. D. 
Turner and his wife motored to Canada 
and through the New England states . . . 
R. W. McGoivan spent some time at 
Nagshead . . . T. G. Moody went to the 
mountains . . . Don Freeman and his wife, 
Jean, spent two weeks at Crescent Beach. 

IN BRIDGE Maintenance, Pam Con- 
nelly is taking two weeks in September 
to visit her family in Spring Hope and 
see her younger brother who is back 
fi'om a year's service in Korea . . . Buck 
Taylor spent a few days at home when 
his little granddaughter was here for a 
visit . . . Electrician Herbert Meekins 
had a knee operation; he was using a 
pin gun when a pin riccocheted and hit 
his knee . . . William Thane Banks resign- 


Littlest Coffey 

Meet Gerald AVayne Coffey. His dad 
is William J. Coffey, a shovel operator 
in Caldwell County. 

ed August 1; he was replaced by Adam 

STATISTICIAN Leroy Jay took his 
family to Long Beach for a leisurely vaca- 
tion . . . We're glad that Hubert 0. Jack- 
son's wife is recovering from a recent 
operation; they live in Elizabethtown . . . 
Harvey C. Baker of Elkin and his family 
went to Myrtle Beach for two weeks . . . 
Herbert C. Turner of Winton vacationed 
at Nagshead . . . Betty Miles with her 
husband. Bill, and her family from 
Pennsylvania spent the week of the 
Fourth at Topsail Beach . . . Imogene 
Nobles spent a week in August with her 
parents in Winterville . . . Walter Wiley 
vacationed at Key West; Guy Farmer 
and wife at Myrtle Beach . . . Lucille Win- 
stead, her husband, Edward, and children 
spent a week in July touring Florida . . 
Mrs. Marie Hall and her husband spent a 
week visiting his family in Mississippi 
. . . Jane Walker spent some time at 
Ocean View, Virginia . . . R. L. Bennison 
of High Point attended a religious con- 
ference at Ridgecrest . . . Belle and Bob 
Tilley spent a week at Hatteras. 

BILL TAYLOR won the four-room air 
conditioning unit given in the recent 
raffle by the First Federal Savings and 
Loan Association. 

IN HIGHWAY purchasing, Olene Ennis 
is a new employee . . . She replaces Edith 
Penny who resigned recently . . . Lillie 
Bell Hunter is back from a week at 
Wrightsville Beach . . . Mrs. Leona Sid- 
bury and family motored to California . . . 
Jim, Potter and his wife spent a restful 
week at Fontana Village . . . Jack Munns 
plans to take in some good shows in 
New York ... A. T. Goodwin, Jr., took a 
week's vacation. 

IN BITUMINOUS, Pauline Pleasants 
spent a week at home . . . Graham 
Egerton is back after a two-week's illness. 

A FORMER employee in Location, Mrs. 
Hunter Stevens, has a new baby . . . R. 
Getty Browning and hii wife visited their 


old homes in Maryland . . . J. li. (Jhappe.. 
spent a few days at the beach. 

FLORIDA-BOUND . . . H. K. Withet 
spoon and his wife are going to Jacksor 
ville to visit H. K., Jr., and his family . . 
Robert Burch also spent some time i:| 

MRS. ELOISE GUY resigned recentl; 
. . . She had been Mr. Hawkins' capabi 
secretary for several years; we'll miss he 
. . . She is replaced by Bobbie Jean Ra-, 
■ ■ . "Slick'' Hartman spent a week-em 
in the mountains . . . Elizabeth Wiggin. 
and her husband, John, of Roadway wen 
to Manteo and Virginia Beach for a fev 
days. 1 
IN LANDSCAPE, J. W. Fuller of Chape 
Hill and P. L. Sasscr of Kinston both tool 
a week's vacation . . . Irma Callahan spen 
a week in the mountains and in Marioi 
visiting friends ... In July, Frank Bran, 
took his family to the mountains . . 
R. W. Snell and family journeyed tc 
Myrtle Beach. 

J. B. VERNER of Brevard is on a leav€ 
of absence due to illness . . . We miss him 
and hope he will soon be well again. 

BY THE SEA . . . Florine Boone spent 
a few days at Kure Beach; in June, sh( 
attended the graduation of her nephew 
from West Point . . . Louise Bernard 
spent a quiet week at Atlantic Beach . . . 
Jewel and Hilton Kidd soaked up the sun 
at Virginia Beach . . . Eugenie Blalock 
fished off the Carolina coast . . . Ruth 
Boone vacationed at Southport. 

IN PERSONNEL, Sam Badgett has been; 
employed to assist Earl Crump . . . Nell; 
Newell and Sarah Crawford were summer 
employees . . . Bonnie Wall spent a week 
at Carolina Beach; Nancy Howell spent 
a week in New York. 

IN THE BRIDGE Department, Alfred 
Talton, clerk III, and Billy Weaver, high- 
way engineer, are new employees . . . 
Highway engineer George W. Middleton 
worked temporarily during the summer 
. . . Janie Wilson and young son visited 
relatives in Scotland Neck . . . Mr. and 
Mrs. Max Collins. Jr.. and their young 
son enjoyed a week's vacation on their 
boat at Snead's Ferry . . . Jessie Ruth 
and Jimmie Norris saw "Horn in the 
West" and visited a few days with Florida 
friends in Asheville . . . Margaret Shaw 
saw "Horn in the West" one week-end, 
and spent several days at Virginia Beach 
. . . J. G. Teel also spent a week at 
Virginia Beach and two weeks at Army , 
summer camp . . . E. I. Bobbitt spent two 
weeks at Army summer camp too . . . 
G. T. Parkin spent a week in Beaufort 
with his father . . . A. F. Noble took his 
family to Georgia . . . R. E. Noblin and 
family spent a week at Topsail Beach . . . 
R. F. Nickel. J. N. Wall, L. C. Dillard, 
and Landis Temple each took his family 
to Wrightsville Beach for a week. 

T. B. GUNTER reports the bridge draft- 
ing room is still short on man-power . . . 



lie's anxious to employ additional struc- 
lural designers and draftsmen. 

LAB NEWS . . . Barbara Dean spent 
wo weeks in July at Myrtle Beach and 
isiting in Florida . . . Mrs. Janet Adams, 
,er husband and two daughters, visited 
[er parents in New Jersey recently . . . 
\im Brandon took his wife on a two-week 
rout fishing trip in the mountains . . . 
. L. Dodl visited friends in Little Rock, 
'irkansas . . . J. R. Pendergrass. his wife 
nd young son spent a week at the beach. 

MATERIALS research engineer A. 
)ul:e Morgan attended a meeting of the 
Highway Research Board in St. Louis, 
lissouri, in July. 

\V. F. Cooke, Jr., of Durham got 
fight in the .spirit of the Durham Cen- 
tennial wliich was hehl this summer. 
Vote his trim hoard and goatee. He is a 
urvey engineer in tlio Hydrographic 

BRIDAL NOTES . . . Patricia Fred- 
''(innr. was married September 8, to 
"aijne. will be married September 8, to 
lohn Stewart of Fayetteville in the White 
Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh 
. . Patricia is a chemical lab technician 
. . Bob MarJey of the research lab was 
narried August 29, to Sara Lockwood in 

OVER in the Prison Department several 
:olks have been on vacation . . . Edith 
■iZ/en took a week off . . . Virginia Clement 
is back from a week at Myrtle Beach . . . 
Mildred Ferrell spent a week at Carolina 
Beach . . . Carl Gallon-ay took his family 
:o the mountains . . . Mary Bass visited 
'riends in Georgia . . . Blaine Madison 
spent several days at Brevard. 

WE'RE GLAD to see John R. Denton 
md Virginia Ofcharik back on the job . . . 
John was injured in an automobile acci- 
lent . . . Virginia was out sick for some 

PRISON EMPLOYEES presented a coat 
to Walter Anderson as a farewell gift. 


Division Equipment Heads Meet 

Davis presided over a quarterly meeting 
of the division equipment superintend- 
ents, August 13, in Raleigh. 

Chairman Graliam, Chief Engineer 
Rogers, Purchasing Agent Potter and 
Auditor Sam Smith spoke briefly to the 
men. It was a fine conference with 100 
per cent attendance of the division 
equipment superintendents, two high- 
way equipment inspectors, the Raleigh 
equipment depot superintendent, and 
ofiicials of the Raleigh offlce. Emphasis 
was placed on attention to quantities of 
materials and parts in stock. The neces- 
sity of reducing personnel as equipment 
use is reduced was stressed. 

The division equipment superintend- 
ents are lined up on the first two rows. 

Photo by Pete Bourke. 

Front row, from left: W. J. Davis of 
Tarboro, J. L. McDonald of Greenville, 
W. V. Coley of Wilmington, G. A. 
Brinkley of Wilson, J. H. Alford of 
Durham, J. W. Upton of Fayetteville, 
and D. B. Thomas of Greensboro. 

Second row, from left: J. E. Gregson 
of Asheboro, R. F. Hunter of Winston- 
Salem, P. R. McCorkle of Charlotte, 
J. S. Zimmerman of North Wilkesboro, 
J. F. Abernathy of Shelby, R. L. Cox of 
Biltmore, and Boyd Hamilton of Sylva. 

On the third row are other equipment 
officials, from left: R. G. Setzer, account- 
ing clerk; B. W. Davis; J. V. Clifton, 
associate equipment engineer; E. T. 
Pearce, superintendent of equipment 
depot; H. V. Liles, equipment inspector 
of Candor; and J. F. Permenter, equip- 
ment inspector of Cary. 

Governor Names Five 
to Turnpike Authority 

Governor Ihnstead appointed five 
members of the State Highway Com- 
mission to the North Carolina Turnpike 
Authority in June. He named M. E. 
Robinson, James A. Hardison, J. Fleming 
Snipes, Forrest Lockey, and June F. Scar- 
borough to serve on the Authority. 

The 19 53 General Assembly author- 
ized the addition of five more members 
to the Authority and specified they must 
be members of the State Highway 

Other members of the Turnpike 
Authority are Highway Chairman, 
Graham, Nello L. Teer of Durham, 
Orton Boren of Greensl)oro, and Ben 
Roney of Rocky Mount. 

Desk Presented 

"One wife too many!" explained Mrs. 
Nagger as she glared at the headlines. 
"I suppose this story is about some 

"Not necessarily, my dear," her hus- 
band replied. "Not necessarily." 


J. C. Gibhs, right-of-way engineer of 
the Greenville office, recently presented 
a hand-make desk to the Governor, 
(iibbs si)ent many years coHecting over 
100 different kinds of wood to fit into 
a mosaic of the State's 100 counties. 
Woodworking has been a hobby of his 
for a long time; he jn-esented a sani|)1o 
of his art with a wood mosaic of the 
ITnited States to i)ast President Truman. 





Cheaper by the dozen," so the 
father of Paul Davis Miller must have 
thought when the stork made his 
twelfth appearance at the Miller home 
in New London, Stanly County. Paul 
Davis Miller was horn in 1900. He's 
given over 30 years service to the Com- 
mission. Another of the twelve Miller 
children, John Daniel Miller, is the as- 
sistant to the First Division Engineer at 
Ahoskie. He, too, is a 3 0-year man. 

From his first work as rodman under 
resident engineer Roy Williamson at 
Weldon in 19 22, Paul Davis Miller has 
climbed the ladder of experience 
through "the good old days", and some 
not so good. Today he is one of the 
State's best district engineers. 

He has seen roadbuilding progress 
during the past 30 years. In the early 
days, he remembers a seven-mile paving 
job near Ayden which took a year to 
complete. He recalls that laying 500 to 
600 feet of 16-foot wide concrete paving 
was considered a good day's work. To- 
day, more than triple that amount, 2 2 
feet wide, can be paved in a day. 

He also remembers when contractors 
used mules to pull one-half yard wheel- 
ers — a far cry from the 20 and 30 yard 
grading pans of today. 

The high traffic volumes of today 
proved the pavement which was ade- 
quate for the twenties to be too narrow 
for modern needs. In recent years, 
widening projects have been an im- 
portant part of the State's construction 
program. Two problems of this work 
were excavating the trench for the wid- 
ening and disposing of the excavation. 
Miller built a special bucket or scoop 
for cutting the trench. With this scoop 
attached to the payloader, it is possible 


to cut a uniform trench and load the 
excavation in trucks. No checking in- 
struments are needed to cut a ditch 
with square shoulders on the outside 
and to the exact width and depth de- 
sired. Hand labor is eliminated. A motor 
grader is used to scarify the area to be 
excavated. Time and labor are saved. 
A mile or more per day can be com- 
pleted. The trench can be filled im- 
mediately behind the excavation. That 
provides greater safety for the traveling 
public as an open ditch over night is 

May 7, 1927, Miller was married to 
Nellie Moore in Chase City, Virginia. 
They have two sons. The older, Dave, 
is a 19 51 honor graduate in chemical 
engineering from State College. He just 
earned his master's degree from State- 
The younger Miller, John Aubrey, is a 
15-year old Statesville High School 
Student. The Millers are Baptists. 


Youngsville started his highway work 
as a section foreman's helper with H. M. 
Winston in 1922. Pearce is justly proud 
of his 30-year accident-free record with 
State equipment. During his long State 
service, Pearce has taken only 15 days 
sick leave! 

He has two children and one grand- 
child. His son practices law in Franklin- 
ton. His daughter is a Wake Forest 
College student. 

Pearce is a Baptist and chairman of 
the Board of Deacons of Oak Grove Bap- 
tist Church. He's a past Master of the 
Youngsville Masonic Lodge, a past coun- 
cilor of the Youngsville J.O.U.A.M. and 
a member of the Patriotic Sons of America 
and the American Legion. 

His hobbies are hunting and fishing. 


Rink of Hickory began highway bridge! 
work in December, 1918, under the latel 
0. F. Yount in Rockingham County. Foil 
three years. Rink followed this line ol 
work in Cherokee, Halifax, Edgecomlit 
and Orange counties. In March, 1921, ht 
transferred to inspection of contract 
structures in Randolph County. W. B. 
Ferguson was resident engineer; John 
D. Waldrop was district engineer. Rink 
inspected structures in Nash, Franklin- 
and Wake Counties. In 1923, he was 
promoted to resident engineer under 
J. C. Gardner. Two years later, he re- 
signed from the Commission to be county; 
engineer in Edgecombe County. Next he 
worked for a bridge contractor. In 1927. 
he returned to State employment under 
J. C. Gardner. Rink worked at Washing-' 
ton, Greenville, Gatesville, and Elizabeth 
City. He did all the instrument work on i 
the Pasquotank River bridge. Subsequent- 
ly he inspected bridge projects at Hot*: 
Springs, Norlina, Roxboro, Hickory, Gas- 
tonia, Charlotte, Forrest City, and Lin- 
colnton. In 1941, he was upped to resident 

Some of the major jobs he worked on 
include the paving of the Hickory, Con- 
over and Newton by-passes. Recently he 
was in charge of the grading, paving and 
structures on Laurel Road beginning at 
the State Hospital in Morganton and 
extending 10.7 miles in a southeasterly 
direction. , 

Rink was born in Alexander County. 
He attended a one-room school. His family 
moved to Catawba County when he was 
14. He finished the eighth grade. Later, 
he studied civil engineering with the 
International Correspondence Schools. 

His wife is the former Mabel Yount. 
Members of the Mt. Olive Lutheran 
Church, the Rinks have six children. The ! 



(wo oldest sons live in California. The 
ither four children live in North Caro- 
lina. All the children are married Avith 
he exception of the youngest daughter 
ivho is still at home. 

In his spare time, Rink works in his 
vegetable garden. In season, he enjoys 
uniting. During the wintei', he likes to 
lo odd jiilis around his homo. 


In DECEMBER, 1922, AVilliam J. Davis 
started with the State Highway Com- 
mission as a tractor operator. A year 
later, he was assigned to the job of 
imchanic for the construction force who 
was building the road in Currituck 
County which is now US 158. Davis has 
been with the equipment department 
ever since. In 1929, he became shop fore- 
man for the old First District Shop at 
Tarboro. Two years later, he was pro- 
mote to district mechanic. In 1937, he 
was made division mechanic for the old 
First Division and located at Tarboro. 
Under the new 14-division set up, Davis, 
one of the best equipment men in the 
! State, remains First Division Equipment 
Superintendent. The shop at Tarboro will 
lie moved to Hertford. 

Davis was born January 19, 1902. He 
is the son of Bettie Nelson Davis and the 
late John T. Davis. He was educated in 
the Northampton County schools and 
Pendleton High School. His wife is the 
former Mary Ballance of Currituck. They 
were married May 10, 1926, in Emporia. 
Virginia. They are Baptists and have a 
teen-age son, Aubrey Thomas Davis. 

In his spare time, Davis looks after his 
Duroc hogs on his Northampton County 
farm. Some day, he hopes to retire and 
catch up on his fishing. 

A Rotarian and a Mason, Davis is a 
past Master of Concord Lodge No. 58 
A.F. & A.M. 

A MAN who has spent almost his en- 
tire life in the construction field is Floyd 


Pascal Poovey of Hickory. In 1915, he 
worked for Edgecombe County on bridge 
construction. The late O. F. Yount was 
his superintendent. Three years later, 
he went to Norfolk and did defense 
work. After a six month stint in the 
Army, he returned to North Cai'olina 
and again worked with Yount, this time 
in Rockingham County. Next he worked 
one year in Edgecombe, and then one 
year in Columbus County. 

In February, 1921, Poovey started 
with the State Highway Commission as 
a bridge inspector on contract work. He 
spent two years at Wilmington under 
district engineer Morson. In 1923, 
Poovey was moved to Charlotte under 
district engineer J. B. Pridgen. He in- 
spected various bridge projects in the 
old Sixth District till 1931 when he was 
sent to J. W. Mills at High Point. He 
spent one year there, then worked in 
Asheville under J. C. Walker for one 
year, and two years with H. E. Noell. In 
193S, he went to Greensboro and worked 
under T. A. Burton. Four years later, 
Poovey took a leave of absence and did 


defense work with a Durham engineer- 
ing outfit, Pyatt and Lee. In 1946, he 
returned to the Commission as a high- 
way inspector in the old Ninth Division. 
He has been doing a good job ever since. 

Saunders of Raleigh retired this year 
after more than 30 years service with 
the Commission. 

His highway work dates from June, 
1-919, when he was employed by the State 
as a mechanic. The highway shop was in 
the old Piedmont League Baseball Park 
then. Later it was moved to Gatlin Corn- 
field, and from there to the State Fair- 
grounds in 1921. 

In 1923, Saunders was made eciuipment 



inspector. For several years, using a 
Model T Ford, he travelled over the 
entire State inspecting equipment. In 
1950, he transferred to the parts depart- 
ment at the Raleigh Equipment Depot. 

Saunders was born May 14, 1890, at 
Ophir in Montgomery County. He was 
educated in the county schools. 

A World War I veteran, Saunders is a 
charter member of Raleigh Post One of 
the American Legion. He's a charter 
member of the Ophir Methodist Church. 

Saunders enjoys trap shooting, hunting, 
fishing and letter writing. He lists his 
marital status as "unattached." 

Glenn walker Prultt was born 
July 7, 1902, at Mitchner's Crossroads 
in Franklin County. July 1, 1921, he 
started work with the State Highway 
Commission. Today, Pruitt, one of the 
best in the business, is patching roads. 

In 1944, Pruitt was married to Lois 
Parrott of Granville County. They are 
members of the Ebernezer Methodist 
Church in Franklin County. His hobby 
is gardening and raising bantam chickens. 


^aleifh Will (fe ffcJt 

Executive secretary Otis Banks of the 
North Carolina State Highway Em- 
ployees Association recently announced 
plans for the annual State Convention 
virhich will be held September 24-2 6, in 

Lt.-Governor Luther Hodges will be 
the principal speaker at the annual 
banquet Friday night. 

Headquarters for the convention will 
be in the Sir Walter Hotel. Committee 
meetings begin at one o'clock Thursday 
afternoon. At six, buses will transport 

the delegates from the hotel to Trojan 
Lake for the Annual Host Supper. 

Friday morning, September 2 5, at 9 
o'clock, the convention will convene. 
After the introduction of distinguished 
guests and the reading of several re- 
ports. Chairman A. H. Graham will 
address the group. Personnel director 
Earl Crump will then speak to the 
delegates. Afterwards attention will be 
given to regular convention business. 

For the ladies, a tour of the principal 
points of interest in Raleigh has been 
planned on Friday. Busses will transport 
the ladies from the hotel at 9:15 a.m. 
on a conducted tour of Cameron Village. 
They will lunch at Chez Gourmet. At 
.3:45 that afternoon, busses will again 
take the ladies from the hotel to a re- 
ception at the Governor's Mansion. 

The annual banquet will be held a 
7:30 p.m. Friday night. J. G. Gibbs o 
Greenville will be master of ceremonies 
Division engineer Tom Burton o 
Greensboro will introduce Lt. Gov 
Luther Hodges who will give the mail 
address. The annual dance with specia 
entertainment will start at 10 p.m. 

Saturday morning, the conventioi 
business will be brought to a close witl 
the election and installation of Stat( 
officers for the coming year. Chie 
Engineer W. H. Rogers, Jr., will addres 
the delegates. 

State officers for 19 52-' 5 3 are Merl 
T. Adkins of Durham, president; Fred 
Biggerstaff of Bessemer City, first vice 
president; and J. L. McDonald of 
Greenville, second vice-president; and 
Otis Banks of Gary, executive-secretary 

^enetal IftototJ 7lam>^ Winnef^ 

In JUNE, General Motors announced the winners of their 
national Better Highway Awards contest. 

Robert Moses, New York City Commissioner of Parks, won 
the $25,000 top national award in the contest which General 
Motors sponsored to stimulate widespread thinking and dis- 
cussion about America's highway problem. 

Moses proposed a 10-year program. It's a $50 billion plan — 
$5 billion a year for a construction war on poor roads. He 
suggested heavy reliance on increasing the Federal gasoline 
tax and doubling Federal allocation of funds for highway con- 
struction and maintenance. He suggested raising state taxes 
in the few low-tax areas and increasing the ton-mile tax on 
trucks in many parts of the country. 

He also, like many other contestants and other highway 
authorities, suggested heavy reliance on loll roads. Toll roads. 

Bridge Foremen 

When Bridge Superintendent K. R. Scott of Greensboro 
brought some of his bridge foremen to Raleigh for the day 
this spring, Rridge Maintenance Engineer C. B. Taylor took 
them on a tour of the new highway building. They stopped 
in the rommission Room for this group picture. 

From left, W. S. Burgess of Spring Hope, Taylor, H. U. 
Wannamaker of Graham, W. L. Hudson of Reidsville, J. E. 
Cann of Greensboro, Fred C. Gray of Hillsboro, J. .1. Taylor 
of Durham, and Scott. 

he thinks, are the answer wherever highway use is adequate 
to guarantee amortization of revenue bonds for road construc- 

Winner of the South Atlantic regional award ($2,500) was 
Lewis W. Waters, Jr., a wage-rate supervisor in the automatic 
blanket department of the General Electric plant in Asheboro. 
Waters thinks the solution to the "highway problem" lies in 
"thinking big, informing and selling the public on what is 
needed. Then establish limited and realistic goals, and attack 
individual segments of the problem one at a time." Waters 
would have a complete "audit" made of existing roads, bridges 
and rights-of-way, and their classification as to importance 
and adequacy; consultation between Federal, State and local 
authorities and regional groups to prepare an "integrated" 
highway program; an analysis of "self-sustaining revenue 
sources" to determine the best and fairest methods of financing 
road improvements; and a special effort to determine what 
the trucking industry should pay as its fair share toward 
highway costs. 

Waters argued that the "most effective agency for approach- 
ing the highway problem, under our form of government, is 
the State." 

Warren J. Wicker of Raleigh was named winner of the 
$1,500 top North Carolina award. In line with suggestions of 
Moses, Wicker also emphasizes the use of toll roads and 
l)ridges. Wicker concludes that "the greatest saving in highway 
construction and maintenance costs can come from building 
only the highways needed and no more. This means that a 
weight limit must be set for each highway and then strictly 
enforced ... If we allow overloading on our highways, we 
shall have to pay higher maintenance costs and the adequacy 
of our system will soon be destroyed. This we cannot and 
should not afford.'' 

Whether anything beneficial will come of the General 
Motors contest remains to be seen. It has at least focused 
attention on the fact that our national highway network is 
becoming more inadequate and that there is no cheap or easy 




Motor grader operator Henry Clay 
3arswell began his highway work on a 
floating gang in Burke County in 1922. 
3. B. Brinkley was his foreman. In 1924, 
Carswell went to Avery County as drill 
operator. He worked on the old Yonah- 
losse Trail (now US 221). In 1926, he 
worked with Clayton Constance as a road 
machine operator. This crew operated in 
Avery, Mitchell, Yancey, Burke, McDowell, 
and Polk counties for four years. 

In 1930, Carswell worked exclusively in 
Avery County. George Clark was his 
section foreman. He helped maintain the 
Grandfather Mountain section between 
Linville and Blowing Rock. In 1934, Car- 
swell was promoted to his present posi- 
tion and assigned a motor grader. Today 
he operates his motor grader on regular 
maintenance and construction projects. 

He was born July 16, 1899, in Morgan- 
ton. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. 
Carswell. March 4, 1942. he was married 
to Edna Pritchard. They have five child- 
ren: Bobby, Roy, Mary, Sandra, and 
John Henry. Carswell has been a member 
of the Linville Presbyterian Church for 
the last 27 years. Gardening is his hobby. 

In his words, "I live on US 221, two 
miles east of Linville. The elevation is 
4,300 feet. I think I live at the highest 
elevation of any highway employee." 

1953 Maps Ready 

The new 19 53 highway maps are 
ready for distribution. The maps are 
printed in five colors and carry, in 
addition to an outline of the highways, 
pictures of tourist attractions, a list of 
ferry schedules, an index to towns and 
cities, names of the highway commis- 
sioners and the State speed limits. 

US numbered highways are shown in 
red; the State's numbered highways are 
shown in black. 

Plans are well underway for the 
twelfth annual conventioia of the South- 
eastern Association of State Highway 
Officials, October 1-2, in Asheville, ac- 
cording to Chairman A. H. Graham, 
Chief Engineer Bill Rogers, and Coordi- 
nating Committee Chairman Louis 

North Carolina is the host state to the 
southeastern regional highway con- 
ference. Over 500 delegates, wives and 
officials from the fourteen member 
states — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, 
Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Miss- 
issippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, 
Tennessee, Virginia, West Virgina, 
Maryland, Texas — and Washington, 
D. C, are expected to attend. The George 
Vanderbilt Hotel will be headquarters for 
the convention. 

The two-day session will get underway 
with registration of the delegates on 
Wednesday afternoon, September 3 0. 
That night, the board of directors will 
have an executive dinner meeting. 

Thursday morning, October 1, the 
general session will open with SASHO 
president E. J. James of Louisiana pre- 
siding. Rev. C. Grier Davis, pastor of 
the First Presbyterian Church in Ashe- 
ville, will give the invocation. Hon. Earl 
W. Eller, Mayor of Asheville, will 
welcome the delegates to Asheville. 
A. H. Graham as Chairman of the North 
Carolina State Highway and Public 
Works Commission will bring greetings 
to the assembly. Governor William B. 
Umstead will welcome the delegates to 
North Carolina. President James will 
respond on the part of SASHO and then 
give an address. 

After a roll call of states by secretary- 
treasurer J. A. Kinkead, the main 
addresses to the convention will be given 
by D. Grant Mickle, director of the 
Traffic Engineering Division of the Auto- 
motive Safety Foundation; and Execu- 
tive-secretary Hal H. Hale of the Amer- 
ican Association of State Highway 

A joint committee of SASHO and the 
Associated General Contractors will 
confer that noon at lunch. 

Thursday afternoon, the delegates 
will attend specialized committee meet- 
ings. That night from six to seven, an 
informal reception will be held on the 
Rhoddoendron Roof of the Battery 
Park Hotel. The Thursday night — 
"North Carolina Night" — dinner and 

entertainment will be sponsored by the 
Carolinas Branch of the A. G. C. Dele- 
gates and wives will dine and dance at 
the city auditorium of Asheville. 

Friday morning, the various commit- 
tees will again go into session. That 
afternoon in a general meeting, the 
committee reports will be made. The 
election and induction of officers for 
1953-'54 will be held. The host state for. 
next year's convention will be decided 

That evening, a reception will be held 
in the West Ballroom of the George 
Vanderbilt Hotel. North Carolina will 
sponsor the Friday evening "Family 
Dinner", dancing and entertainment at 
the Asheville Auditorium. The Presenta- 
tion of the Award of Merit to the Past 
President will be made at the dinner. 

A special entertainment has been 
planned for the ladies. Thursday noon, 
the ladies will go in busses for a picnic 
lunch on the Biltmore Estate. After- 
wards they will tour the fabuluous Bilt- 
more House and Gardens. 

Friday afternoon, the ladies will 
lunch and see a style show at the spaci- 
ous Grove Park Inn. They will return in 
busses to the hotel via the beautiful 
Blue Ridge Parkway. 

Chief Engineer Rogers is vice-presi- 
dent of SASHO. 

Chief Engineer Bill Rogers and Chair- 
man A. H. Graham confer on final plans 
for the annual convention of the South- 
eastern Association of State Highway 
Officials to be held in Asheville, Octo- 
ber 1-2. 

Every day look at a beautiful picture, 
read a beautiful poem, listen to beautiful 
music, and if possible, say some reason- 
able thing. — Goethe. 




Commissioners Tour the West 

In August, the Commission met in 
Aslieville and held their first out-of- 
Raleigh monthly meeting since taking 
office in May. Governor William B. Um- 
stead paid a surprise visit midway 
through the meeting in Asheville's city 

In their regular business session, the 
Commission appointed William F. Bailey, 
State Prisons Director and adopted rules 
liberalizing the treatment of prisoners in 
North Carolina. Unlike the old set of 
rules, the new code makes no provision 
for corporal punishment for unruly 

The Commission approved the award of 
$2,449,000 in road inmprovement con- 
tracts. However, the contract for the 
grading of the proposed nine-mile by-pass 
of US 301 around Rocky Mount was with- 
held subject to a satisfactory acquisition 
of right-of-way. 

Shortly after the Governor left the 
meeting, the Commission approved unani- 
mously and without discussion, his recom- 
mendation that Bailey, former High Point 
Mayor and State Civil Defense Director, 
be named prisons director, succeeding 
Walter F. Anderson. 

The new prisons code is divided into 
two sections. The first deals with lines of 
authority and organization within the 
prison department, the second gives the 
rules and regulations for conduct and 
classification of prisoners. 

At the request of Commissioner Harry 
Buchanan, the Commission appropriated 
$7,200 to buy property for a railroad sid- 
ing at the Haywood County prison camp 
at Hazelwood. 

All the Commissioners were present for 
the meeting except Forrest Lockey of 
Aberdeen and C. A. Hasty of Maxton. Mr. 
and Mrs. Hasty and their daughter joined 
the group Sunday night for a barbecue 
at Boone. 

Following the meeting, the Asheville 
Chamber of Commerce was host for a 
luncheon at the Battery Park Hotel. 
Wednesday night the Superior Stone 
Company had entertained the early arriv- 
ing commissioners and their wives at a 

Thursday afternoon, the group embark- 

ed on a four-day tour of the mountains of 
western North Carolina. The wives drove 
along US 19 through Soco Gap to the 
Almond Boat Dock where they boarded 
speed boats for a leisurely two-hour cruise 
35 miles up the lake to Fontana Village. 
The men drove by Waynesville and Sylva 
to see the site for the new fourteenth 
division headquarters. At the boat dock, 
they took a fast Chriscraft ride up Fon- 
tana Lake and joined their wives at the 
Village. That night the group was guests 
of Fontana Village and its operator. 
Government Services, Inc., at a delicious 
dinner in the main dining room. After 
watching square dancing in the recrea- 
tion hall, they spent the night in Fontana 

Friday morning, the party toured Fon- 
tana Village and the Fontana Dam. The 
ladies again boarded motor launches and 
cruised directly back down Fontana Lake 
to the Almond Boat Dock, while the 
commissioners detoured by Yellow Branch 
to inspect the grading on the seven and 
one-half mile section of the Brock-Fon- 
tana highway. Funds have not been set 

up for building the last three miles of this 
road that will shorten the distance be- 
tween Fontana and Bryson City by 30 
miles. Commissioner Buchanan estimated 
it would take $400,000 to build the missing 
three-mile link. Only incident to mar the 
inspection trip was a minor accident. 
Division engineer G. G. Page was caught 
off balance just as truck started moving 
and was thrown to the ground. Thank- 
fully, he was shaken, but unhurt. 

Mayor Kelly E. Bennett, a well-known 
booster of western North Carolina and 
mayor of Bryson City welcomed the 
guests for a lunch at the Nantahala Inn. 
The town of Bryson City was host. After- 
wards the group piled back in their cars 

and the motorcade set out on a tour o 
the scenic Great Smoky Mountains Na 
tional Park and Newfound Gap. Th 
group returned to Cherokee and tourec 
the reconstructed Oconaluftee Indiai 

In a surprise ceremony, our chairmai 
was initiated as an honorary member o 
the Cherokee Nation of 1750 and of the 
Cherokee's Oconaluftee Village commun 
ity. After smoking the four-way peace 
pipe with three Indians, he was given a 
set of feathers used in the eagle dance and 
was dubbed "Nu-nah-di-gah-neh-sku-ski' 
Mr. Graham's new Cherokee title means 
"Trailmaker" or " Chief Roadbuilder." 

After resting at the Boundary Tree 
Motor Court, the group dined Friday 
night at the Cherokee-Indian School din 
ing room. They were guests of the Chero 
kee Historical Association and the Indian 
Agency for both dinner and the mountain 
drama, "Unto these Hills". After a busy 
day of riding and sightseeing, the weary 
group reformed their motorcade and lead 
by a State Highway Patrolman sped back 
through the moonlight to Asheville and 
the night at the Battery Park Hotel. 

Saturday morning, the group toured the 
beautiful Biltmore House and Estate 
From there, they drove to Hendersonville 
The group paused briefly to rest and re 
fresh themselves at Commissioner and 
Mrs. Buchanan's lovely home in Hender 
sonville. In a second surprise visit, Gover 
nor Umstead joined his highway commis- 
sioners and guests for lunch at the 
Hendersonville Elks Club. Earlier, the 
party had posed for a formal group pic- 
ture on the lawn which was reminiscent 
of large family reunions. Mayor A. V. 
Edwards and E. E. McBride, chairman of 
the Hendersonville County Board of Com- 
missioners, welcomed the group. They 
were guests of the Elks Club for lunch. 

That afternoon, the ladies returned to 




New Bridge at AAorehead City Completed 

The handsome new bridge at Morehead City which crosses over Bogue Sound 
and tlie Inland Waterway to Atlantic Beach was officially opened to traffic Sep- 
tember 3. It replaces an old, wooden structure which was inadequate and had been 
posted for a six-ton load capacity. 

The new bridge has a concrete floor and is 3,682 feet long. It is based on rein- 
forced concrete pile and caps. The approaches are also of reinforced concrete. 

The draw span consists of a 350-foot through steel tmss which provides two 
90-foot oiMjnings for navigation of boats on the Inland Waterway. 

T. A. Loving and Company of Goldsboro was the contractor. J. B. Cutchin as 
resident engineer assisted in the project which was started in 1951. 

The approximate cost of the new bridge is $1,500,000. 

irest at the Battery Park in Asheville 
while the commissioners rode over the 
nine-mile recently improved road on NC 
9 from Bat Cave to Black Mountain. 
From there, they drove over and made a 
first-hand inspection of the newly-graded 
Ridgecrest-Old Fort Road — the largest 
earth-moving job east of the Mississippi. 

Saturday evening, the group reassem- 
bled at J. G. Northcott's cabin near Black 
Mountain for a delicious chicken barbecue 
dinner out of doors. They were guests of 
the Grove Stone and Sand Company of 
Swannanoa as well as the Black Mountain 
Chamber of Commerce. That night the 
group attended the outdoor mountain 
drama. "Thunderland." They returned to 
Asheville for the night. 

Sunday morning, by noon the motor- 
cade had formed and headed up the 
scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Enroute, 
they stopped at Mount Mitchell for a 
breath-taking view of the mountains. 
Ewart Wilson was their luncheon host. 
He gave some of the more daring mem- 
bers bear meat sandwiches. Afterwards, 
they piled back in their cars and headed 

for Grandfather Mountain. Hugh Morton 
took the group on a personally conducted 
tour across the mile-high swinging bridge. 

That evening, the Boone and Blowing 
Rock Chambers of Commerce treated the 
group to an outdoor chicken and barbecue 
dinner. The Appalachian Southern His- 
torical Association was the group's host 
for the outdoor showing of "Horn in the 

Monday morning, the hardy souls who 
had followed the tour through four 
strenuous days of riding and sight-seeing 
gathered for the last time as a group for 
breakfast at the Daniel Boone Hotel. By 
nine, they separated and headed for their 
respective homes. 

The Commission and their guests were 
royally entertained by the local chambers 
of commerce, civic clubs and promotion 
groups at every stop. Credit for arranging 
for the comfort and convenience of the 
travellers goes to the three commis- 
sioners of the mountainous section of the 
State— W. Ralph Winkler, J. Fleming 
Snipes and Harry Buchanan. They gave 

unsparingly of their time and energy to 
insure a pleasant, informative trip for 
the Commission. 

The mountain trip was excellent oppor- 
tunity for the commissioners not only to 
get better personally acquainted with each 
other but to fully realize that mountain 
roadbuilding not only takes time but is 
expensive. The commissioners from the 
Piedmont and the eastern part of the 
State were impressed with this liberal 
share of mountain riding and scenery. 

Comparing construction difliculties. 
Commissioner Emmett Winslow of the 
First Division observed that "they have 
mountains to contend with while our 
area is faced with water. Up here, they 
have to build through and around rocks, 
while, we on the coast have to go through 
or over swamps and rivers." 

Tom Park was iiromoted from chief 
highway draftsman to roadway design 
engineer, September 1. He i-eplaces 
Edward Cothran who resigned aftei- 33 
years of highway service to become the 
executive-director and treasurer of the 
Carolina Asphalt Association. He fills 
the job left vacant by the death of 
Vance Baise. 

Park, 54, is a Raleigh native. Upon 
graduation from State College in 1922, 
he started with the Commission as a 
draftsman in the Kaleigh office. He 
assumes a job which requires a thorough 
knowledge of highway construction and 
of the type and width of roadway i-c- 
quired under different conditions plus 
the ability to design roads to meet 
these requirements. 

Dan .Allen moves up to Park's place 
as chief highway draftsman. 

Though we'll miss Ed Cothran, we 
wish him the best of luck in his new 
work. We know that Tom Park and Dan 
Allen will continue to give outstanding 
service to the Highway Commission. 

Six steps in tomato canning at Creswell are shown. The 
top two -scenes show the bushelled tomatoes ready for 
processing and the washing and sorter conveyor. The middle 
scenes show prisoners skinning and coring the tomatoes; 

and packing the cans and putting in preservatives. Tli<- 
bottom scenes show the sealing process and the cans ready 
for the final pressurizing in a steam bath. Prison officials 
hope 25,000 gallons of tomatoes will be canned this year. 

Prison Canning Program Now in Full Swing 

The Prison Department estimates it will can as many as 
25,000 gallons of prison-grown tomatoes by this fall. The 
tomato canning program is only part of its effort to reduce 
prison food costs. 

In past years, each prison camp grew and canned vegeta- 
bles for its own needs. This year, prison officials are carrying 
out farm and canning operations on a statewide scale. 

After surveying farm and canning prospects, the Prison 
Department conferred last September with food machinery 
representatives, State College horticulture specialists and 
commercial canning experts. The conference developed that 
the 294,042 cans of prison farm produce put up last year 
could be increased. With more than 9,000 prisoners to feed, 
prison officials estimated about 600,000 cans of food-stuffs 
would be needed this year. 

Quotas were set for the various prison farms. Ten acres 
were assigned for cabbage, three acres for lima beans, 101 
acres for snap beans, 113 acres for sweet potatoes, live acres 
for pumpkins, one, "d one-half for okra, 2 0 acres for field 


peas, 75 acres for tomatoes, 75 acres for Irish potatoes, and 
12 5 acres for corn. Squash and other vegetables were to be 
planted by the various camps as needed. 

In May, a $5,250 irrigation system was put into use for 50 
acres of tomatoes at Caledonia Prison Farm. The irrigation 
system already has proven its worth. With the canning 
season now in full swing, over 12,000 gallons of tomatoes 
already have been canned. By the end of the season, the total 
is expected to run to 25,000 gallons. 

The bulk of the farm produce marked for canning goes 
to prison canneries at Caledonia, Creswell, Woman's Prison, 
and Carthage. Other prison camps have facilities for a limit- 
ed amount of canning. Production at the four main can- 
neries runs from 650 to 2,000 gallons a day. 

Apples and peaches are bought from private growers. The 
Prison Department has found it cheaper to buy than to raise 
these fruits. 

Last year, two big items canned at Creswell were herring 
fish and herring roe. The department reported 5 2,4 64 cans 
of fish and 9,913 cans of roe were processed. 

Sec. 34.66, P.L. & R. 


Raleigh, N. C. 
Permit No. 287 




The new and retiring officers of the Soiitliea.stern Associa- 
tion of State Highway Officials from left are E. J. James, 
chief engineer of the Louisiana Department of Highways, 
retiring president; B. W. Davis, State Equipment Engineer, 
secretary-tfeasurer; AV. H. Rogers, Jr., State Highway 
Engineer, new president; and J. A. Kinkead, project control 
engineer with the Louisiana Department, retiring secretary- 
treasurer. W. M. Leech, chairman of the Tennessee High- 
way Commission and new SASHO vice-president, is not 

These men played prominent roles in the annual conven- 
tion which was held Ociober 1-2 in Asheville. 

I N AN unprecedented gesture, the North Carolina State 
Highway Employees Association made the following resolution 
at their recent State convention: 

". . . not to adopt any resolution that would require any 
request to the State of North Carolina, or to the Highway 
Commission, for additional benefits or costs; pledging to them 
our loyalty and our satisfaction with working conditions at 
the present time; further, that with the granting of a five-day 
work week, it was our pledge to maintain production in the 
shorter work week, the same as in the former longer work 
week, and our goals are so set; that the recently granted 
salary increase placed our employees on a comparable basis 
with other similar employment; that we want the public to 
know that the membership of this Association is satisfied and 
pleased with their working conditions and salaries at this 

The State officers of the North Carolina State Highway 
Employees Association from left are J. L. McDonald, First 
Vice-president; Otis Hanks, Executive-Secretary; Fred 
Biggerstaff, President; Merle T. Adkins, Past President; and 
R. L. Brown, Second Vice-i)resident'. The success and 
harmony of the recent State Convention of the NCSHEA is 
largely due to the efforts of these men. 


A Magazine for employees of the North Carolina State 
Highway and Public Works Commission 

Published Bi-Monthly By 
Raleigh. N. C. 

Volume IV.. NOVEMBER-DECEMBER, 1953.. Number 3 




J. Emmett Winslow, 

Forrest Lockey, 



H. Maynard Hicks, 

James A. Gray, Jr., 

Snow Hill 


C. Heide Trask, 

James A. Hardison, 



M. E. Robinson, 

W. Ralph Winkler, 



Bonnie A. Sorrell, 

June F. Scarborough 



C. A. Hasty, 

J. Fleming Snipes, 



J. Van Lindley, 

Harry E. Buchanan, 



W. H. Rogers, Jr., State Highway Engineer 

R. B. Peters, General Counsel 

Division Correspondents 

Shirley Callis, 

Edward C. Darden, 



Jasper L. Phillips, 

R. B. Fitzgerald, 



Irene L. Worley, 

Charles R. Smith, 



Wade Pridgen, 

Cora Lee McLean, 


N. Wilkesboro 

J. W. Jenkins, 

Jean Cline, 



Clara Moran, 

Dan Turner, 



P. L. Welch, 

C. J. Beck, 



Margaret Burk, Editor 

The NCSHEA was started in 1947 to coordinate the 
activities of the 10,000 or more highway and prison employees. 
The Association's stated aim was the secural of an adequate 
budget for the maintenance and improvements of highways as 
well as a fair wage scale for employees. From a beginning of 
3,000 members, the Association has grown in six years to an 
organization with 9,000 members. The NCSHEA has had 
remarkable success in promoting goodwill between the various 
highway departments and bettering the welfare of the 
employees through increased pay and a shorter work week. 


Grading on the Old Fort-Ridgecrest road was completed by W. E. 
Graham and Sons in July. Cover picture shows one of the many cuts 
and fills. More than 3.000,000 cubic yards of rock and earth were 
excavated and pushed from one ridge into the next valley to form the 

A. R. Thompson Contractors, Inc., have started surfacing the four 
lanes. Weather will delay the completion of the paving till next sprfng. 
J. E. Terrell is the resident engineer. 

This relocation of US 70 cuts the distance between Old Fort and 
Ridgecrest by two miles. It will replace the present, narrow twisting 
section of US 70. 

North Carolina Entertains 

Road Scholars in Asheville 

North Carolina was host to the Twelfth 
Annual Convention of the Southeastern 
Association of State Highway Officials in 
Asheville, October 1-2. 

The general session got underway 
Thursday morning with SASHO President 
E. J. James, Chief Engineer of the Louisi- 
ana Department of Highways, presiding. 
The invocation was given by Dr. C. Grier 
Davis, pastor of the First Presbyterian 
Church in Asheville. Hon. Earl W. EUer, 
Mayor of Asheville, welcomed the dele- 
gates to his city and said that "much 
good can come out of this convention by 
discussing your mutual diffculties in 

Highway Chairman A. H. Graham 
brought greetings and welcomed the dele- 
gates to North Carolina on behalf of 
Governor Umstead who was unable to 
attend. Graham cited the steady growth 
of SASHO and praised the late Vance 
Baise, its first president. "We all have 
our problems which seem insurmountable 
at times. We've gone a long way, how- 
ever, but we've still not been able to keep 
pace with traffic which has increased in 
size and weight," he said. He referred to 
the big secondary road bond program 
which had been a heavy burden on high- 
way personnel. He praised the employees 
for a "magnificent job," citing the 13,000 
or more miles of secondary roads which 
were paved. Graham saw the possibility 
of another bond issue to modernize the 
primary highway system. He concluded, 

"We get a genuine pleasure from being 
your hosts and hope that you have a 
pleasant and enjoyable stay." 

President James expressed his appi'ecia- 
tion for the welcome to North Carolina 
and said that this was the first state to 
entertain SASHO when it was founded 
in 1942. 

In his annual president's address, 
James called for increases in state gaso- 
line and motor fuel taxes and in automo- 
bile and truck license fees. He also 
recommended continuation of the present 
two-cent per gallon Federal gasoline tax 
tact between the highway departments 
and the engineering schools. There should 
be closer contact between "those who 
teach and those who practice." 

He cited the urban highway system 
whose efficiency is impaired and often 
nullified due to vague and conflicting 
authority of the local officials. He believes 
the solution lies in the creation of a single 
city agency to deal with highway matters. 
He said by-passes were often opposed by 
businessmen but a recent survey in Cali- 
"with the understanging that Congress 
will return all of this revenue to the 
states in the form of regular Federal aid 
and the next (Federal) appropriation bill 
provide for this procedure on a ten-year 
basis." James discussed the current high- 
way needs survey now being made in 
Louisiana. "It is our aim to end up with 
a report which will definitely allot all of 
the roads and streets in Louisiana to a 

(iraiit .Micklc, direcloi- ol the traflic 
enj>ineerinft- division of the .Automotive 
Safety Foundation, .spoke to the jteneial 
session of the recent annual convention 
of the SASHO in Asheville. 

state, parish (county) or city system for 
construction and maintenance." He said 
that the cost of improving each of these 
systems should be arranged on a ten-year 
basis. He believes the general public in 
each state looks to its highway depart- 
ment not only for the management of the 
state highway system but also for advice 
and assistance to the local goverments. 

Secretary-treasurer J. A. Kinkead. pro- 
ject control engineer of Louisiana, then 
had a roll call of states with each group 
standing in a body to be recognized. 

Grant Mickle, director of the traffic 
engineering division of the Automotive 
Safety Foundation, spoke on road needs in 
urban centers, highway education, the 
management of urban streets and high- 
ways and highway by-passes. He cited the 
congestion in cities, saying the traffic 
jam is a costly headache. He dwelt on the 
method of financing urban transportation, 
the relative role of car and truck in mass 
tiansportation, methods of pricing (gas 
tax, toll fees, and parking meters), im- 
portance of federal and state aid, the 
pioblem of law in securing right-of-way, 
and highway planning and research. He 
spoke of the difficulty in recruiting good 
highway engineers in competition with 
aggressive companies in the more lucra- 
tive chemical and electronics field. He 
thought upgrading the income and im- 
proving the working conditions of the 
highway engineers would alleviate the 
situation. Mickle called for a closer con- 
tact between the highway departments 
and the engineering schools. There 
should be closer contact between "those 
who teach and those who practice." 

He cited the urban highway system 
whose efficiency is impaired and often 
nullified due to vague and conflicting- 
authority of the local officials. He 
(Continued on page 6 ) 

Top photo shows the speakers table. From left, are (irant Mickle, Hal H. Hale, 
executive secretary of the American Association of State Highway Oflicials who 
spoke on "Proposed Highway Legislation", \V. H. Rogers, Jr., newly-elected presi- 
dent, E. J. James, retiring ijresident of SASHO, Highway Chairman A. H. Graham, 
and retiring secretary-treasurer J. A. Kinkead. 

Bottom picture shows Louisiana delegation standing for recognition during roll 
call by states at the recent SASHO convention. 






A Secretary's Impressions of 

Annual NCSHEA Convention 


Otis Banks 

The very best convention we have 
ever had, thanks to all the help from local 
folks — people that pitched in and helped 
like Sig Hardesty, Bob Setzer, Flo Boone, 
Rill Reaves, C. H. Smith, Dale Graham, 
j Jim Adams, Margaret Burk and many 
others — things really began rolling on 
Wednesday afternoon when the President 
came over and got right down to business 
to work out the last-minute details, know- 
ing that things would really start boiling 
next morning — Thursday, and registration 
began almost before we could get the desk 
set up in the Sir Walter Hotel lobby — 
best registration crew we ever had, with 
Florine Boone, Edythe Crocker, Vernice 
Benton and Mildred Banks holding forth 
at the table, and Vera Graham pinch- 
hitting — as usual, they came in spurts, 
never one or two at the time, but in 
droves — football tickets seemed to be the 
most popular item, and hope most every- 
body was satisfied wlaen it was over — 
General Executive Committee met in the 
afternoon and due to previous meeting the 
business was over shortly, with no need 
of the usual night meeting (everybody 
happy over that) — budget and audit com- 
mittees met and made their reports — 
resolutions met and reported to GEC — 
then everybody got all wound up and 
away we went to the finest host supper 
ever, out at Trojan Lake as guests of 
Montgomery & Aldridge Company and 
the Pennsylvania Rubber Company for 
a splendid barbecue supper with all 
the trimmin' — lake property furnished by 
N. C. Equipment Company who also 
staged a real, ole-fashioned refreshment 
hour — even had busses to transport us 
out, courtesy of N. C. Products Company 
— seems as if some of the delegates 
thought they could sing, from looks of 
the group around the piano — Lloyd Cut- 
ting was the only one who knew he 
couldn't sing and didn't even try — Sam 
Smith beaming all over the place, greet- 
ing folks from far and wide — "Skin" 
Witherspoon with a big smile on his face! 
— Setzer and Boone both trying to outdo 
each other as hosts — Sig Hardesty worry- 
ing about whether they would all make 
the busses back to town, but being right 
on the ball trying to look after everybody 
— Adkins and his General Officers making 
desperate efforts to shake hands with 
every individual; you'd think they were 

all running for Governor or something — 
the lovely ladies — Margaret Burk with 
the ever-present camera making the usual 
"candid" shots — business started right on 
the dot Friday morning at the hotel, 205 
delegates registered — the usual prelimi- 
naries for opening with Sig as Temporary 
Presiding Officer, the session being in the 
well-appointed Cafe Garden — the Auditor 
introduced his old friend Fred Wheeler as 
Mayor of Raleigh, who welcomed the dele- 
gates — Setzer's fine response — reports — 
business — the arrival of Governor Um- 
stead who made such a splendid address 
to the Convention — our own Chairman, 
"Sandy" Graham, whose address was re- 
ceived with thunderous applause — sorta 
gently reminded those present that they 
should wear and be proud of their service 
buttons — Merle reminded him that many of 
us had now bought another suit of clothes 
with our bonus and forgot to change the 
button when we changed clothes — lunch 
and then back to work — appearance of 
Roy Purser and Nathan Yelton in behalf 
of the Bond Issue vote on October 3 — busi- 
ness and resolutions — the very definite 
forward step taken by the Association, 
pointing up the fact we are a leader, in 
unanimously passing a resolution of ap- 
preciation to Governor, Legislature, High- 
way Commission and Chairman for past 
benefits granted, and stating we would 
not make any requests this year for addi- 
tional funds or benefits — this well re- 
ceived by press, radio, and personal 
thanks stated by Governor and Chairman 
later — explanations that we can negotiate 
anything important this year, but we felt 
should slow down for a few months — the 
wonderful refreshment hour that after- 
noon with Armco Drainage and Metal 
Products as hosts in Cafe Garden — hotel 
made a mistake and charged it on my 
bill, and I almost fainted when I got it, 
but I sent it on to Lou Page, bless his 
sweet little heart — the highlight of the 
Convention in the banquet that evening, 
with all the color, the visiting dignitaries 
(we folks down the line call them the 
"brass") — beautiful organ music by 
Woody Hayes — the outstanding address 
by Lt. Governor Luther Hodges as prin- 
cipal speaker — the splendid job done by 
Gordon Gibbs as Master of Ceremonies — 
the floor show and dance afterwards — 
and Saturday morning the winding up of 

Retiring State in-esidcnf of the 
NCSHEA, Merle T. Adkins of Durham, 
turns over the gavel of his authority to 
the new president, Fred Biggerstaff of 
Bessemer City. Adkins was presented a 
matched set of golf clubs, bag and cart 
in recognition of his service to the 

official business. Chief Engineer "Bill" 
Rogers' fine address and election of 
officers — Fred Biggerstaff's heartwarming 
impromptu speech of acceptance following 
election as President — "Mac" McDonald 
of Greenville, First Vice — "Bob" (ole 
booming voice) Brown of Charlotte as 
Second Vice — they'll make a couple of 
mighty good Veeps — Merle Adkins' look 
of surprise at the "going away" gift of 
golf bag and golf irons — then the mad 
scramble as usual of everybody trying to 
leave at one time and make it to the foot- 
ball game, and then on home — the Secre- 
tary just simply collapsed for a few hours 
and then started picking up the loose 
ends, paying the bills, and wondering if 
he would be able to make it home — it was 
really a swell affair, folks, and the busi- 
ness was properly attended to as usual by 
your delegates — we have definitely made 
progress with this Convention — we have 
a wonderful reputation and it will remain 
so, I am sure of that — next year we go to 
Winston-Salem, and that should be 
another outstanding affair — will be just 
prior to convening of the 1955 Legislature, 
so that should be an interesting Conven- 
tion — thanks to everybody who helped in 
any way to make this Eighth Annual 
Convention the success we think it was 
— you're all very special folks! 

P.S. At the banquet Friday evening, 
names of several Commissioners were 
called out, but they could not be present 
— When Harry Buchanan's name was call- 
ed out, he announced in jest that all the 
commissioners who were not present 
would not get any of the surplus — I'm 
thinking he had something there, from 
the division I saw in the papers this week 
— and one other thing, I am still wonder- 
ing and can't find out, did the "spirits" 
ever move, Margaret Burk? 




Construction Progresses on 
New Road through the Smokies 

They're making great strides in grading 
the first 6.59 mile link of the new 
Pigeon River Road through the Great 
Smoky Mountains. This is the first seg- 
ment of a proposed 22-mile road between 
the Tennessee-North Carolina state line 
at Waterville through the Pigeon River 
Gorge to Cove Creek. When complete, the 
new road, tying in with US 19 and 23, 
will become a part of an interregional 
road running from Miami to the Black 
Hills of the Dakotas. There will be no 
elevation over 2,800 feet on the whole 

The Pigeon River Road had been desir- 
ed by the local residents for over 100 
years, but scarcity of highway funds and 
the roughness of the terrain discouraged 
earlier attention to its construction. 

In 1951, surveys of the Pigeon River 
canyon — one of the wildest and most 
precipitous gorges in the State — -were 
directed by Chief Locating Engineer R. 
Getty Browning, and assistant locating 
engineers George A. McKinley and C. H. 
Chappell. Arnold Crisp and Roy Welch 
were chiefs of locating parties. 

Curves were computed from prelimi- 
nary lines, eliminating much brush cut- 
ting. This method which was devised by 
McKinley won the 1951 McCrary Award 
for him. Even with this revamped sur- 
veying method, the locating parties 
fought through a dense undergrowth of 
briars, rhododendron and laurel to make 
their projections and stake them out. The 
presence of copperheads, rattlesnakes, 
and the Japanese yellowjacket (similar 
to a hornet) added to the hazards. The 
necessary levels, contours (five feet verti- 
cal and 100 feet horizontal) and cross 
sections were made. 

The location as proposed by North 
Carolina — that the center line of the new 
road follow along the east side of the 

Pigeon River and generally along the old 
narrow-guage railroad grade leading to 
the Waterville Lake Dam — -was approved 
by the Tennessee authorities. 

The plans were drawn for a roadway 
with 44 feet in the cuts, 50 feet in the 
fills. There'll be a 24-foot pavement from 
a point about 600 feet in Tennessee, on 
the Pigeon River to Cold Springs, a dist- 
ance of 6.59 miles southeast of the Ten- 
nessee-North Carolina State line. The 
Tennessee Highway Department agreed 
to reimburse the State for the work done 
in their state. 

Bids were opened last February on the 
project. A. B. Burton, Inc., of Lynchburg, 
Virginia, contractor, made the low bid of 
$1,464,676. Contract forces under superin- 
tendent R. W. Chandler started work 
March 23, 1953. The contractor has 360 
days to complete the job. To date, the 
project is about 25 per cent complete. 

It is a mammoth earth-moving job. 
Plans call for 1,064,500 cubic yards to be 
excavated in the roadway and 27,800 
cubic yards in the tunnel. The tunnel will 
be about 1,035 feet long and cut through 
solid rock about four miles upriver be- 
tween Cold Springs and the state line. 

Construction started at the Tennessee 
line and the rough grading is well along. 
Hewing out a service road along the old 
railroad bed was pushed so that the 
tunnel contractor could begin work before 

The alignment for the proposed high- 
way is excellent as it follows the natural 
gorge. There will be no extreme or 
abrupt changes of elevation in the road. 
The highest elevation will be a 1,000 foot 
stretch of roadway at 2,500 feet. 

Better still, the motorist will avoid fog 
as the new road will be below the fog 
line. The other two gates through the 
Smokies are at Newfound Gap with an 


elevation of 5,050 feet and Cove Creel^ 
Gap at 4,100 feet. In winter, these twc 
routes become hazardous with fog, snowi'j 
sleet and ice. 

The maximum grade on this first sec 
tion is 2.5 per cent. The maximum curva 
ture is six degrees. On the future links 
the maximum grade will be around fivi 
per cent. Because of its easy grades anq 
good alignment, the Pigeon River Roai 
should be a motorist's dream come truel 
for year-round driving. 

Fifteen miles of the proposed 22-mil( 
road will be built on the side of steei 
cliffs running along the east side of th(| 
Pigeon River. Since the canyon is ir| 
such an isolated, uninhabited section, thelji 
contractor had dynamited as heavily aaWf^ 
necessary in the rock to provide a shelllji 
wide enough to accommodate a modern] 

When complete, the Pigeon River Road] 
will run 22 miles from Waterville at the 
Tennessee line through the gorge to Cov€ 
Creek. It will provide an easily-driveni 
and a much less undulating route throughl'" 
the Smokies. Gone will be the roller- 
coaster effect experienced along most 
mountain roads. 

Plans for this first link call for 4, 50011' 
feet of corrugated metal pipe (rangingln 
from 18 to 42 inches in diameter), aboutlli 
1,430 feet of structural plate (ranginglii 
from 78 to 96 inches in diameter) and 
about 250 feet of structural plate pipej 
arches (ranging from six feet nine inches 
by four feet eleven inches up to ninej 
feet four inches by six feet three inches) 

The Pigeon River job is in Haywood 
County, part of the Fourteenth Division 
Harry E. Buchanan is Commissioner 
Division engineer G. G. Page assisted by 
assistant division engineer C. W. Lee and 
Construction Engineer R. J. Albert is! 
supervising the work. F. L. Hutchison 
is resident engineer with assistance from 
W. H. Tweed, J. G. Engman, J. C. Weaver, 
V. R. Rhinehart, Jr., Wade McDaniel and 
W. H. Coward. 

Grading and blasting through the Pigeon River gorge is a big job. Note the heavy rock formations. photos— Pete Bourke 

Wilson Spells Out Revised 

Right of Way Regulations 

aill In September, State Right-of-Way 
Engineer T. B. Wilson called all the 
highway right-of-way engineers into 
iRaleigh for a one-day conference. 

Chief Engineer Rogers met with the 
group and gave an instructive talk. He 
outlined the importance of the duties of 
iright-of-way engineers and stressed 
icourtesy to the property owners. He 
'urged them to strive for favorable public 

Rogers explained the right-of-way agree- 
ment reached in an August conference 
between Rogers, R. Brookes Peters and 
Commissioner of Public Roads Francis 
DuPont in Washington, D. C. The follow- 
ing agreements were reached between the 
Bureau and the Commission:: 

1. The State will appropriate for high- 
way purposes a strip of land adequate for 
present and foreseeable future highway 
needs. This strip, indicated on the plans 
by right-of-way lines, will be monumented 
and posted on the ground. 

2. Where present highway needs do 
not require the removal of all structures 
within the right-of-way lines, the State 
will establish and indicate clearance lines 
on the plans. Within the clearance lines, 
all encroachments will be removed. 

3. Where both of the above propositions 
are the same, only the right-of-way line 
will be shown. Where they differ, the 

ight-of-way line and the clearance line 
will be indicated separately. 

4. No future encroachments will be 
constructed within the right-of-way line 
except as described in (5) below. This 
does not apply to temporary wire fences. 

erected to permit stock to graze on adjoin- 
ing properties. These temporary wire 
fences may be allowed within the clear- 
ance lines, provided they do not interfere 
with the use of the right-of-way for high- 
way purposes. 

5. Where necessary, temporary use of 
the right-of-way outside of the clearance 
line may be permitted under two condi- 

Wide Right-of-Way 

A. When a very wide right-of-way is 
being secured for a future four-lane high- 
way, but only two lanes on one side of 
the right-of-way are being constructed at 
this time, it will permissible under an 
encroachment agreement for the abutting 
property owner on the side away from the 
present pavement to make use of some of 
the excess right-of-way under terms and 
conditions advised by the State Highway 
Commission. Such encroachments must 
be covered by agreements providing that 
the owners will remove the encroachments 
at their own cost and expense when re- 
quested to do so by the Highway Com- 

B. Agricultural use of the excess right- 
of-way as specified in A will be permitted.' 

6. No encroachments other than the 
three exceptions given in 4 and 5 will be 

7. Federal funds may be used to reim- 
burse the State on the customary ratio 
for land acquired within the right-of-way 
lines as well as within the clearance lines. 
When Federal funds are used to pay for 
moving items, such items must be moved 
back of the right-of-way lines. Should 

This is an unusual piece of road building equipment. It's a txvo-niotored Euclid 
pan which weighs about S4 Ions empty. When filled, it weighs 01 tons. The pan 
was being used by Macon Construction Company on a grading job near Walnut 

any items be moved to location partly or 
wholly within the area between the right- 
of-way and clearance lines, no reimburse- 
ment may be made for this moving work. 

Rogers said, "It is not acceptable to 
the Bureau of Public Roads for highway 
rights of way to be used for the servicing 
of automobiles. Where gasoline pumps 
are located immediately adjacent to right- 
of-way lines, it is not permissible to pave 
a service lane within the right-of-way and 
pump gas into cars when they are occupy- 
ing this area. This means that service 
station operations, proposing to service 
cars between the road and the pumps, 
must place the pumps fully 12 feet back 
of the right-of-way line. All entrances 
to service stations should be constructed 
in accordance with minimum entrance 
standards adopted by the Commission as 
a safety measure in 1951. 

"Ornamental posts and walls for en- 
trances are not to be constructed within 
the right-of-way line under any condition. 
Where temporary wire fences are erected 
within the clearance line to permit stock 
grazing on adjoining properties and the 
fences do not interfere with use of the 
right-of-way for highway purposes, these 
fences should be erected not closer than 
five feet to the outside of construction 

Wilson told his right-of-way engineers, 
"To inconvenience the proposed builder 
as little as possible, I urge you to contact 
him as soon as possible after there is 
evidence he plans to build. Two clues that 
a building is proposed would be the grad- 
ing of adjoining sites and building ma- 
terials placed close to the highway." 

Entrance Standards 

The Commission's 2 0 - p a g e booklet, 
"Minimum Standards for Entrances to 
Highways" which is available upon re- 
quest clearly states the requirements for 
entrances from service or commercial 
businesses to the highway. Inside the 
booklet are eleven easily-understood 
sketches dealing with the proper location 
of service stations or commercial estab- 
lishments adjoining a main-line highway. 

The following men attended the right- 
of-way meeting: L. D. Webb, M. R. Con- 
ner, J. G. Gibbs, R. G. Gregory, A. Z. 
Williams. S. H. Williams. J. G. Lamm, 
W. R. Davenport, O. T. Green, W. D. 
Moon, Withers Davis, James M. Easom, 
C. M. Hartsock, Jr., J. L. Bowman, B. C. 
Thompson, C. D. Rentz, W. J. Murray, 
S. J. Smitherman, Paul M. West, D. E. 
Beach, J. D. Peek, H. F. Arledge. A. E. 
Snelson, Paul Duncan, G. W. Clayton, Jr., 
M. E. White, D. F. Worley of the Bureau 
of Public Roads, Kenneth Wooten, W. H. 
Webb, and S. H. Shearin. T. C. Johnston 
and T. S. Craven were attending court in 
Davidson County and could not attend. 




Surplus Allocated 

Governor William B. Umstead allocated 
$4,755,997.88 to 13 projects and left $300,- 

000 unappropriated from the total high- 
way fund surplus of $5,055,997.88, October 

The Governor made the following alloca- 

$750,000 as a starter on a bridge across 
the Croatan Sound which is expected to 
cost around $3,000,000. 

$500,000 for relocating US 1 so as to 
by-pass Henderson. 

$435,000 for a bridge across the Cape 
Fear River at Tar Heel in Bladen County. 

$200,000 to supplement funds for paving 
US 70 between Raleigh and Durham. 

$500,000 as an initial appropriation 
toward a by-pass of Salisbury on US 29. 

$150,000 for the construction of ap- 
proach roads to the Western Electric 
Plant in Winston-Salem. 

$75,000 to aid in paving streets in 
Kannapolis, an unincorporated town. 

$400,000 for a new bridge over the 
Catawba River at Rozzel's Ferry in Meck- 
lenburg and Gaston counties. 

$450,000 to relocate US 70 through 

$750,000 for the construction of a via- 
duct and street on US 19 and 23 through 

$350,000 for extending a road from 
Fontana to Brock to Johnson's Gap, a 
total of three miles, in Graham County. 

In Mecklenburg County, the Governor 
allocated $175,000 for renovating and 
flreproofing two prison camps. He set 
aside $20,997.88 for equipping new build- 
ings at Woman's Prison. 

"I realize fully," the Governor said, 
"that there are many other worthwhile 
projects in the State and only wish that 

1 had more funds to allot." 

It has been estimated that about 
$165,000 more would be needed for the 
Cape Fear bridge at Tar Heel, about 
$1,000,000 more for the Salisbury by-pass, 
about $200,000 more for the Rozzel's Ferry 
bridge and between $200,000 and $300,000 
more for the Canton project. More money 
will probably be needed to complete the 
Henderson by-pass. 


(Continued from page 1) 
believes the solution lies in the creation 
of a single city agency to deal with high- 
way matters. He said by-passes were 
often opposed by businessmen but a 
recent survey in California and a U. S. 
Chamber of Commerce report showed 
that business actually increased and 
traffic conditions were improved in by- 
passed areas. 
Hal H. Hale, executive secretary of the 

This shot was madi- of a cul'away 
section of US 29 between Charlotte and 
Concord. It clearly shows the subgrade, 
14 inches of stabilized aggregate base 
material, the one inch of bituminous 
surface treatment and the two inches of 
plant mix asphalt'. 

Blythe Brothers had just finished 
putting the two inch plant mix surface 
course over the EST. 

American Association of State Highway 
Officials, brought the group up to date on 
the informal hearings held by the House 
Committee on Roads last spring. He said 
the pliilosphy of relationship between the 
U. S. Bureau of Public Roads and the 
state highway departments was basically 
sound. "I believe Congress will enact new 
federal legislation in appropriating sub- 
stantial amounts, in excess of present 
federal funds." He told the group that 
SASHO and the parent organization. 
AASHO, were highly respected by Con- 
gress and that their advice would be 
heeded. Hale said funds must be provided 
for a highway expansion program or "in 
its absence, the laws of nature will take 
over." He thought it possible that the 
production and use of the auto might be 
curtailed due to the clogged roads. He 
said there are now 54 million cars on 
the highways and the number is increas- 
ing by two million each year. He esti- 
mated an expenditure of 32 billion dollars 
is necessary to correct highway deficien- 

A. E. Johnson, chief engineer of the 
Arkansas Highway Department, told of 
the April hearing in Washington before 
the Subcommittee on Roads of the U. S. 
House of Representatives. Before the 
committee, he said, were items including 
the proposals of the Governor's Confer- 
ence for the federal government to relin- 
quish its two cent per gallon gas tax in 
favor of the States and for curtailment of 
the activities of the U. S. Bureau of 
Public Roads. He said there was "not too 
much support" among those testifying 
for the tax proposal and that the Bureau 

of Public Roads was "enthusiastically"' 
endorsed by everyone testifying. Johnson | 
said there was some thinking that a state I 
should be required to adopt regulations' 
governing vehicle weight and size along; 
the lines of a recommended national 
standard before the state could participate! 
in federal highway funds. Johnson saidj 
it would be unfortunate to see this conSd 
about but the states have thus far be^ 
unable to effect any uniformity in ma^) 
mum weight and size regulations. j 

Specialized committee meetings were 
held Thursday afternoon and Friday 
morning. In a sliort Friday afternoon ses- 
sion, W. H. Rogers, Jr., was elected! 
president of the SASHO for the coming 
year. W. M. Leach, chairman of the| 
Tennessee State Highway Commission,, 
was elected vice-president. B. W. Davis 
was appointed secretary-treasurer. 

Nashville, Tennessee, was chosen as the' 
site for next year's convention. 

Credit for the success of this year's 
convention goes to Coordinating Commit- 
tee Chairman Louis Payne, Bill Rogers,; 
Hotel Reservation and Registration Com- 
mittee Chairman B. W. Davis and his 
efficient secretary Mrs. Ethel Jones. Pub- 
licity and Advance Information Com- 
mittee Chairman Robert A. Burch, Trans- 
portation Committee chairman James S. 
Burch plus J. T. Knight, B. S. Connelly, 
J. Paul DuPre, C. W. Lee, G. G. Page,, 
and R. L. Cox, General Entertainment' 
Committee Chairman Edward Cothran 
who was responsible for the Friday 
night banquet and music of "Bubbles" 
Becker, and the Ladies Entertainment 
Committee Chairman Mrs. W. M. Corkill 
plus Mrs. Harriet Gossett. These folks 
plus their hard-working committees as- , 
sured the delegates an enjoyable and 
pleasant stay in Asheville. 

Tliis shot of a Wilson County road 
shows graphically what calcium chloride 
does to cut dust. The road was treated 
with calcium chloride 30 days prior to 
this picture. 






Chairman ana Mrs. Oraliahi have a 
lew granddaughter . . . Little Elizabeth 
vlichaux Graham arrived October 7 . . . 
3er parents, Captain and Mrs. John 
Jraham, are stationed in Germany. 

FOUR MEN in the Bridge Department 
lave new additions in their families . . . 
\Ir. and Mrs. Fred M. Collins were excited 
vhen their twin daughters were born 
Dctober 20 . . . Victoria Ann and Kimberly 
^nn Collins weighted five pounds apiece 
. . The Landis M. Temples announce the 
jirth of their second son, Stephen Landis, 
September 12 . . . Mr. and Mrs. Hoioell 
R. Pecle announce the birth of their 
second child, a daughter. Ruby Ann, 
September 28 . . . And the Charles R. 
Edgertons announce the birth of a son, 
Stephen Allen. 

OTHER bridge department news . . . 
LoMis Hales has been employed on a part- 
time basis in the drafting room . . . 
Philip Schioartz is a new draftsman . . . 
Emily Broicn and Adli AUis, temporary 
employees in the drafting room, have 
esumed their work at N. C. State College 
. . H. C. Toumsend of the Structure 
Survey Division and his wife are looking 
forward to moving into their lovely new 
home which is being built on Clark 

BRIDGE engineer and Mrs. T. B. 
Giinter. Jr., Bridge Construction Engi- 
neers J. J. Pon-ell, J. L. Norris and wives, 
R. F. Nickel. Bridge Design Engineers 
L. C. Dillard and R. 8. Wicker and W. S. 
Win.ylou- ably represented the Bridge 
Department at the SASHO Convention 
in Asheville. 

C. J. BERTHEL was honored by the 
employees of the bridge drafting room 
. They gave him an engraved tie pin 
and a lovely luncheon, September 29, at 
the S&W Cafeteria . . . After 18 years in 

the drafting room, Mr. Bcrthel retired 
because of his wife's ill health and moved 
to Washington, N. C. 

HYDROGRAPHIC Engineer W. S. Wins- 
low flew to Portland, Oregon, for a com- 
mittee meeting of the Highway Research 
Board . . . He spent several days studying 
first-hand western roads. 

PRETTY Jane Murjihy, a Location 
drafting aide, exchanged marriage vows 
with Paul Campbell, October 2, in Ashe- 
ville . . . The couple will live in Raleigh. 

NEWS from Statistics . . . Traffic 
recorder Charles Townsend was married 
to Frances Tucker in October . . . They 
honeymooned in the mountains and are 
now at home in Raleigh . . . Robert 
Messner resigned and moved to Greenville 
. . . Belle Tilley is back at work after a 
minor operation . . . Mrs. Helen Puckett 
resigned November 4 . . . The Marvin 
Gates motored to Canada on a sight-seeing 
trip . . . Jane and Dan Cameron spent a 
week in New Orleans . . . John and Mar- 
garet Honharrier spent a week in New 
York . . . Mildred Thompson and Roy 
Cooke are new employees. 

ROADWAY NEWS . . . S. H. Hall took 
a two-week trip to New York and Canada 
. . . Waldo Jones and Freda Jones (no 
kin) are two new employees in the draft- 
ing room . . . Andreio Clement resigned 
to go in Service . . . Wyatt Bell, Harry 
Epps, George Holland and Amos Bullard 
have resigned after working during the 

OUR SYMPATHY to Dot Shaw in the 
death of her mother . . . And to Jess 
Mlarkham in the death of his brother, 

NEWS from Equipment . . . Ethel and 
Fred Jones are mighty pleased over mov- 
ing into their brand new home on Graham 
Street in Cameron Village . . . J. V. Clin- 
ton spent a week at the Jarvisburg Camp 
near Nag's Head . . . Joan Daniels has 
been re-employed in the inventory section 
. . . Julian Ray attended the Gourd Festi- 
val in Gary this fall; he also returned 
empty-handed from a recent fishing trip 
near Nag's Head . . . Frances Stephenson's 
husband, Sam, has been on the sick list 
. . . Bob Setzer passed his 31st working 
anniversary, September 27 . . . Dot Shaio 

«.tk 4 * 


This picture wa.s made befoi-e the ten highway divisions were changed to 14. 
Bridge Maintenance Engineer C. B. Taylor lined up with liis bridge foremen from 
the old Third Division. From left are J. Victor Wallace, Arthur E. Phelps, R. E. 
Bridges, John W. Pagan, J. H. Kosser, W. S. Burbage, G. W. Moore, M. D. Savage, 
and Taylor. 




These husky j'ouiig fellows are the 
twin grandsons of Division Engineer 
and Mrs. L. B. Peclt of Shelby. Gray and 
Lewis Peck, III, will soon be two years 

will marry Jack Stevens, December 5 . . . 
They'll live in Holly Springs. 

NANCY HOWELL is making plans for 
her wedding to Jim D'Ambrosio, Novem- 
ber 20, in the First Baptist Church in 
Troy . . . Jim is a Navy careerman so 
the couple will set up housekeeping in 
Key West, Florida, where he's stationed 
. . . We'll miss Nancy; she worked in the 
highway personnel office for almost four 

BONNIE WALL spent a week visiting 
friends in Indianapolis . . . Virginia Lyons 
spent a recent week-end in Asheboro, 
mostly on the golflinks . . . Barbara Sykes 
spent a week-end in Washington . . . Ella 
Mae Sorrell took a week's vacation. 

HIGHWAY Purchasing News . . . Olene 
Ennis took in Philadelphia, Washington, 
and Baltimore on a week-vacation . . . 
Betsy Penny has returned to work after 
the recent birth of her third child and 
second son . . . Arthur T. Goodwin, Jr., 
spends his free time and week-ends build- 
ing a pond on his new farm in the country 
. . . Most Sunday afternoons, you'll find 
Gillam Johnson motorboating on Gresham 

LUCILLE PITTMANN has returned to 
work in Accounting after being on leave 
of absence for several months . . . Emily 
Sinsley and Cecil Stearns have both taken 
a week's vacation. 

restful week in the Catskill Mountains of 
New York . . . T. V. Fahnestock, Pauline 
Pleasants and J. D. Walton have each 
taken a week off from duties in the 
Bituminous Department. 

H. K. WITHERSPOON surprised his 
better half on their 36th wedding anni- 
versary with the gift of a combination 

Becky and Sam Griffin spent a week-end 
visiting friends in Winston-Salem . . . 
Ralph Carroll went to Topeka, Kansas, 
to visit his daughter . . . C. B. Taylor 
took time off to be with his granddaughter 
and daughter-in-law recently . . . Charlie 


Biggs and his family vacationed on the 

MRS. LOVIE KING has replaced 
Frances Richardson in the Prison Depart- 
ment . . . Frances resigned to marry 
Clifford Dickens in November. 

DANNY BARNETT, Bridge Design 
Engineer A. L. Barnett's five-year old son, 
was stricken with polio, October 17 . . . 
We're all pulling for Danny's quick 

LENA and Gilbert Morgan took a late 
summer vacation at Wrightsville Beach. 

IN RIGHT-OF-WAY, Peggy Taylor has 
set the date for her wedding to Pfc. Lewis 
Poole for December 6 . . . Hilda Russell's 
coastal fishing trip was cut short when 
her husband broke his leg . . . We hope 
he's much better now. 


Division Correspondent 


1 wo MEN, W. E. Copeland and H. E. 
Mathias, are retiring after many useful 
years with the Commission . . . Copeland 
is retiring after 15 years with Chowan 
County and then 22 years with the State 
. . . Mathias is retiring after 19 years with 
Gates County and 22 years with the State 
. . . We'll miss them both but wish them 
well in their well-earned leisure. 

SEVERAL folks have been sick ... We 
certainly are glad to see maintenance 
supervisor R. E. Thomas back at work 
after an illness . . . Road maintenance 
supervisor H. P. King of the First Dis- 
trict was rushed to the Roanoke-Chowan 

Nancy Gray Gill celebrated her second 
birthday September 26. Daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Pat Gill of Raleigh, Nancy is 
the granddaughter of Mrs. Sibyl Smith, 
district clerk at the New Bern office. 
Nancy's picttire appeared in ROAD- 
WAYS when she was only two days old. 


Pfc. George Tliomas Vaughan was a 
highway truck driver In Warren County 
before he entered the Army in January.! 
He is stationed at Fort Benning, Ga. 

Hospital after a heart attack . . . Dorothy 
Gard recently underwent surgery at the 
Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City . . . 
We hope Dot and Mr. King will soon be 
well and back with us again. | 

M. R. CONNER has been transferred 
from Construction to the Right-of-Way 
Department in the First Division. 

BELATED congratulations to Lawrence 
L. Askew and Ethel E. Martin who were 
married June 20 . . . Askeiv is a highway 
inspector with the Construction Depart- 
ment at Williamston; his bride is from 

ASSISTANT division engineer J. D. 
Miller is all smiles since the recent birth 
of a baby boy to his daughter, Mrs. Bob 
Bryan . . . Miller's grandson has been 
named Kenneth Sherwin Bryan. 

MR. AND MRS. D. L. Cobb announce 
the arrival of a new baby, September 9, 
at the Roanoke-Chowan Hospital. 


Division Correspondent 


1 ACATIONS . . . Mr. and Mrs. Rookie 
Walker recently took a trip to the Great 
Smoky Mountains and Mammoth Cave in 
Kentucky . . . They took the all-day trip 
through the cave and walked seven miles 
in seven hours underground . . . They 1 
lunched in the famous "Snowball Dining I ' 
Room" which is 360 feet below the sur- ' 
face of the earth . . . They were two ' 
mighty tired folks when they once more ^ 
saw daylight at five that afternoon ... 
They returned home by way of Washing- ' 
ton, D. C, where they went through the I ' 
Smithsonian Institute . . . News of the j ' 
hurricane cut their vacation short; they 
rushed home to check the damage ... 
Fortunately, there was none . . . The 
Wilbur Coioans and the Jwrvis Waters 
took an extended driving tour of western 


"With the installation of the new blueprinting equipment in the new highway 
building, the blueprinters were the last of the headquarters crew to move froni 
(he old highway building in Raleigh. Paul Pearson, on the left, runs the ammonia 
machine which develops black and white prints. Shorty Sugg, on the right, is 
pleased with the new blueprint machine which he operates. 

North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia 
and Pennsylvania . . . E. D. Credle and 
his wife took in two of the outdoor 
mountain dramas, "Unto These Hills" and 
"Horn in the West", on their summer 
vacation . . . A7ine Askew while spending 
a week at Kure Beach witnessed the 
arrival and departure of Hurricane Bar- 
bara . . . L. C. Bunch, Jr., and J. T. T%json 
took their families on a motor trip 
through Virginia via the Skyline Drive. 

THE FOLLOWING men resigned re- 
cently: E. D. McRoy, R. T. Bonner, F. T. 
Alligood, C. H. Wallace, and Mayhew 

FOUR MEN were transferred recently: 
E. C. Clark and W. H. Silverthorne to 
Road Oil, F. H. Cooper to Construction, 
and Jay Roberson to the Sign Department. 

OUR DEEPEST sympathy to tlie wife 
and three young sons of Hel)er B. Congle- 
ton who died recently ... A resident of 
Washington, Congleton had been with the 
Commission for several years. 

were happy to receive surprise visits from 
J. J. Gilbert and his family . . . Mr. Gil- 
bert was transferred to Plymouth last 
summer . . . His old friends welcome Mr. 
Gilbert and his family. 

WE HOPE E. M. Wo/^)Iarr1 is off the sick 
list now . . . E. L. Tripp is up again after 
a short sojourn in the hospital. 

SIX NEW citizens were born recently 
in the Second . . . Mr. and Mrs. C. H. 
Wallace of Pantego announce the birth 
of twins, September 3 . . . Mr. and Mrs. 
Charney Clark announce the birth of a 
daughter, Sandra Kay, September 16 . . . 
W. K. Smith of the Equipment Depart- 
ment has a new son, Paul Douglas, who 
was born in August . . . Maintenance 
supervisor J. S. White of Washington has 
a little granddaughter, Sandra Claire 
Walker, who was born June 30 . . . Mrs. 
Peggy Walker is her aunt . . . And the 
L. M. Durkins announce the birth of a 
son, October 2, in Washington. 


Division Correspondent 

The OFFICE personnel in the Third 
is now complete . . . Division engineer 
C. E. Brown moved from Fayetteville 
down to Wilmington . . . Assistant divi- 
sion engineer R. V. Biberstein moved over 
from Burgaw . . . Office engineer J. 0. 
Wenberg was with the Commission some- 
time ago in the Fayetteville office and 
just couldn't stay away so he's back now 
in the Wilmington office . . . They're glad 
to have Jimmie back with them . . . Right- 
of-Way engineer A. Z. Williams has moved 
his family from Asheboro; they settled 
down at Carolina Beach . . . One week- 
end, 35 people visited the Williamses; 
they should have been warned about mov- 
ing to the beach . . . Allen B. Whitfield, 
division prison supervisor, came to Wil- 
mington from Greensboro . . . Two native 
Wilmingtonians, Mrs. Charlotte M. Wal- 
lace and Mrs. Irene L. Worley. are new- 

This winsome miss is Paula Sue 
Higgins. Paula Sue celebrated her first 
birthday, October 3. She is the daughter 
of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Higgins. Her 
father is a gang foreman in Alleghany 

comers to the Commission . . . Both are 
secretaries in the division office . . . Mrs. 
Worley is Roadways' new division corre- 
spondent, so send your news items and 
pictures to her. 

OVER in the Burgaw office. Bob Ash- 
ivorth replaces R. V. Biberstein as district 
engineer . . . Mrs. Marie B. Fcrrell is the 
new district office stenographer. 

Dorothy Spruill, stenographer clerk 
in the district office at Plymouth, started 
to work with District Engineer J. J. 
Gilbert, last July. The district is mighty 
proud to have Dorothy with them and 
hopes she will enjoy her work. 

After graduation from Roper High 
School, she attended Coastal Business 
College in Norfolk for 15 months. 


Division Correspondent 


I ERSONNEL changes . . . Welcome to 
Hoyt B. Nichols who returns to the Fourth 
as division prison supervisor; he replaces 
R. G. Lane who is now back at the Johns- 
ton County Prison Camp in Smithfield 
. . . J. Frank Martin is now resident engi- 
neer in Rocky Mount; his highway friends 
certainly do miss his continual teasing 
and chatter . . . E. P. Koonce replaces 
T. J. McKim as division engineer . . . 
McKim who has been on sick leave is now 
back on the job as Construction Engineer 
. . . Both Koonce and McKim are top 
engineers; their fellow employees wish 
them well in their new jobs. 

who was moved up to road oil foreman, 
October 1. 

THE FOURTH was well-represented at 
the recent NCSHEA State Convention . . . 
These folks went to Raleigh for the two- 
day meeting: R. W. Dawson, K. G. 
Andriessen, C. B. Alford, R. W. Moore, 
Paul Smith, Henry Wiggins, Clatie Aber- 
nethy, S. L. King, J. A. Smith, R. G. 
Abrams, Munn McLean. H. M. King, Ivan 
Hardesty, Arthur Phelps, J. W. Bridges. 
F. M. Edgerton, Hoyt B. Nichols, Buddy 





for Delegates and Guests of SASHO Convention 



Mrs. Margaret James sang, Linda Lundy toe-danced, and Jewel and Joy Perkins 
tap-danced when the members of the Pitt County Chapter of the NCSHEA enjoyed 
a gala night at "Club Pitt", Friday night, October 9. 

The highway garage, touched with a magic wand, was transformed into an 
extravaganza nightclub for the occasion. All tables were reserved in advance. 
Pretty girls served the delicious barbecue dinner. Mrs. Ruth Arnold at' the piano 
rendered soothing dinner music for dining and the evening. 

Linda Lundy, in a costume made of bright leaf tobacco, added a dash of spice 
to dinner as she circulated among the guests and gave each a pack of Chesterfield 
cigarettes. She did a tap solo with W. C. Clark, Jr., auctioneering and selling the 
"golden weed." Linda also did a ballet. 

The Perkins's girls — Joy (Miss Bright Leaf of 1953) and flve-year old Jewel — 
captured the heart of the audience when they tap-danced as king-size and regular 
size Chesterfields. 

Chairman Anne Askew recognized special guests, Otis Banks and Sam Smith of 
Raleigh. Otis gave highlight's of the State Convention. IMaster of Ceremonies Jasper 
L. Phillips conducted a quiz show on "Know Your Association." The winners — 
L. L. Bishop, H. L. Briley, C. W. Yohn, Jr., and Cleavie Haislip^ — were given real 
half dollars. 

Credit for the wonderful entertainment goes to Chairman Askew, and to Lonnie 
Buck, Jasper Boyd and C. D. Bass and his committee for the fine food. 

Smith, Lee Page and Mrs. Yernice Benton 
. . . Mrs. Benton was the week-end guest of 
the Earl Crumps . . . From all reports, the 
the delegates had a wonderful time at the 

BEST WISHES to the newly-weds . . . 
Alma Moore of the division office became 
Mrs. Anthony Vazzana, September 5 . . . 
The C. F. Williamses attended the wed- 
ding of their nephew, Rudolph Williams, 
in Marietta, Georgia. 

CONDOLENCES to Mrs. Hoyt B. IsHc- 
hols, Mrs. Frank Martin, and Preston 
Lane of Location in the recent deaths of 
their mothers. 

JUNIOR EDITIONS . . . The Kenneth 
Gay's have a new baby boy, Gregory Kent, 
who was born September 4 . . . The Willie 
Pattersons announce the birth of a son, 
September 28 . . . Gay and Patterson are 
employed in Road Oil . . . The J. W. 
Bridges have a little boy, James Randy, 
who was born September 8 . . . And to 
Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Grice on the 
recent birth of a girl, Shelia Anne . . . 
Congratulations are also in order for 
Grice who is the new Wilson County 
Prison Camp superintendent. 

IT WAS good to see Highway Personnel 
Director Earl Crump and State Personnel 
Director John McDevitt when they visited 
the division office, October 1. 

OFFICE engineer Sam Livesay of the 
division office reports good catches on 
several recent fishing trips. 

JOHN POWELL, son of W. 8. Poicell, 
arrived safely at his overseas destination 
in Guam . . . John is with the U. S. Navy. 


Division Corresi>ondent 

fiRANVILLE COUNTY employees had 
a safety meeting and brunswick stew at 
the Maintenance Quartern, September 11 
. . . Road Maintenance Supervisor Roy 
Beard and Cpl. J. E. Raids of the High- 
way Patrol gave informative talks on 

PERSON COUNTY maintenance em- 
ployees also had a brunswick stew supper 
. . . Finn Vaughan did the cooking. 

THE FIFTH was ably represented at 
the recent NCSHEA Convention in 

Raleigh . . . Maintenance supervisor Kim 
Duncan, Construction man C. P. Hinnaim 
W. D. Moon of Right-of-Way, E. A. SloM 
of Equipment, Gang foreman G. I 
Crutcher, Prison superintendent J. I 
Barber and field mechanic James I 
Lumpkin were among those who attendeM 

DISTRICT engineer Merle T. AdkiM 
accompanied Otis Banks in September I « 
a New England conference of Employ il 
Associations in Maine. I 

SICK LIST . . . Gang foreman Weil 
Frederick is still in the Sanatorium, bijl 
he is improving . . . G. R. Young, gas mal 
with Maintenance, is back at work aft<B 
a week's illness . . . G. H. Harris, secticH 
foreman's helper in Warren County, WM 
out a month with a broken arm; how 
he'll soon be back on the job. ■ 

VACATIONS . . . C.W. Crissman, mail 
tenance supervisor; L. L. Lavyrence, fioajl 
ing gang foreman, and Beaty BeltoM 
camp superintendent, recently enjoyel 
three days of fishing at Topsail BeacI 
. . . Ruth Mangum, secretary in Right-ol 
Way, took a week's vacation . . . Warrel 
County prison camp superintendent R. (I 
Dickerson took his wife on a wonderfii 
ten-day trip to Florida . . . They visitel 
St. Augustine and Orlando on the wal 
down to Miami . . . They went to Silvel 
Springs and then back up the west coaJ 
to Tampa and on home . . . Yard forema:! 
D. A. Grissom took his wife and daughten 
Mary Elizabeth, on a four-day trip t\ 
Virginia, West Virginia and Frankforll 
Kentucky . . . They toured the Amhersl 
and the Calumet thoroughbred horsi 
farms, the Old Taylor's Distillery a] 
Frankfort, the home of Stephen Foste^ 
(author of "My Old Kentucky Home"! 
near Bardstown, Lincoln's boyhood hom^ 
at Knok Creek and Mammoth Cave . . • 
They dove back by way of Nashvillel 
Chattanooga and Rock City . . . GranvilltJ 
County employees who have recently been 
on vacation include: L. W. Clay, Alton 
Ellington, Bruce Hochaday, W. A. Laws\ 
J. J. Roberson. R. G. Williams, W. r\ 
Rutledge and H. 8. Whitt. 

A FISH POND has just been completed 
at the Granville County prison camp . . [ 
Highway employees plan to catch somf 
big fish in the future. 


Division Corresi>ondent' 

Mr. and MRS. Roy McKeithan are 
regular attendants of all the Duke home 
games . . . Their son, Nicky, plays on the 
Duke team . . . Mr. McKeithan is main- 
tenance supervisor of Robeson County. 

TWO Construction employees, Asier 
Simmons and Charles Herring, of Lumber- 
ton have enrolled at Presbyterian Junior 





IK j 

lio|i Henry Garrison Hamilton, Jr., grand- 
9n of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Hamilton, 
. as only a day and a lialf old when this 
^ctnre was made. His grandfather has 
'''' teen doing a good job for the Bridge 
fto laintenance Department in Charlotte 
nvf pr many years. 

m I 

it^) |ollege . . . They're taking related engi- 
rrf leering courses at night school. 
>i! COMMISSIONER Hasty, Division Engi- 
rd eer Whitfield, and District Engineers 
j(f freen and Wilson recently went out fish- 
ifj ag from Morehead City . . . They had 
vf cod luck and brought back plenty of 
,3 ^iag Mackeral. 

js I THE DIVISION shop has a new tem- 
if orary secretary . . . Mrs. Pat West went 
; p work with the Commission in Septem- 
er . . . Pat hails from Brooklyn, but her 
ellow employees hope she likes it "down 

I THEY'RE mighty glad to have Mrs. 

iutli McLeod, secretary in the division 

hop, back at work . . . Ruth was on sick 

eave for several weeks. 
RAY THORNE, Construction employee 

n the Fayetteville office, has resigned to 

esume his studies in Civil Engineering 

it State College. 
SUPERVISORY foreman R. M. Prevail 

>f Lumberton attended the World Series 
. . Dick was "Yankee" all the way! 
VACATIONS . . . Truck driver J. B. 

.'lark and his family visited relatives in 
Georgia . . . Maintenance supervisor and 
\Irs. L. D. Hubbard of Fayetteville vaca- 

ioned in the mountains of North Caro- 

ina and Tennessee; they also visited 
•elatives in Boone, Greensboro and Wins- 
;on-Salem . . . The following Road Oil 
employees spent a September week-end 
Ashing at Kure's Beach: W. L. White. 
T. G. Faircloth, 8. R. Royal, C. C. Parker, 
and R. T. West . . . They didn't catch 
many fish due to the inclement weather. 

parents! . . . The G. T. Johnsons of Lilling- 
ton announce the birth of a daughter, 
Jackie Ann, October 5 . . . Mr. Johnson 
is a Maintenance employee in Harnett 
County . . . The H. G. Monroes of Maxton 
announce the birth of a son, August 28 


. . . Mr. Monroe is a section foreman in 
Robeson County. 

GET WELL WISHES to Jodie Edtcards. 
Patch Foreman of Lumberton, who has 
been in the hospital but is now recuperat- 
ing at home ... To P. W. Byrd, Gang 
Foreman in Harnett, who has been out 
sick . . . And to Bridge Maintenance man 
Elery Prevattc who was hospitalized from 
an automobile wreck while he was en- 
route home from work . . . Mr. Prevatte 
is convalescing at home. 

GANG FOREMAN W. M. Collins of 
Lillington returned to work in September 
after having been out sick several months. 

SYMPATHY is extended R. N. Weaver. 
maintenance supervisor in Harnett 
County, in the recent death of his father. 

IN SEPTEMBER, clearing and grading 
were started on the southern end of the 
Whiteville by-pass. 

O. L. OWEN and his party— Joe Todd 
Bute, Paul Weeks, J. W. Herring, and 
Milton Worthington — have recently moved 
from Clinton to Whiteville. 

B. B. DEVANE, operator of the Tar 
Heel Ferry in Bladen County, is still out 
of work due to an on-the-job injury in 

SECTION foreman W. S. Formy Duval 
of Columbus County returned to work in 
September after a month's sick leave due 
to a back injury. 

MR. AND MRS. Paul Weeks announce 
the birth of a son, September 18 . . . The 
J. W. Herrings announce the birth of a 
daughter, September 28 . . . Mr. Weeks 
and Mr. Herring are with Construction in 


Division Correspondent" 

S EVERAL folks went down to Raleigh 
for the State Convention of NCSHEA . . . 
Division engineer T. A. Burton, J. M. 
Barnes, W. W. White, K. R. Scott, Paul 
Mitchell, H. G. Goodwin, D. R. Talbott, 
Gang foreman James C. Bryant, and Cas- 
well County Camp superintendent J .A. 
Wrenn were among those representing 
the Seventh . . . We're mighty proud of 
Mr. Burton who did a fine job of intro- 
ducing the main speaker, Lt.-Gov. Luther 
Hodges . . . This year's Convention was 
one of the best; it was well-attended and 
enjoyed by all. 

EMPLOYEE CHANGES ... As division 
right-of-way (>ngineer, C. M. Hart sock, Jr., 
has moved his headquarters from Durham 
to Greensboro . . . Junior right-of-way 
engineer Jack Bowman of Graham is 
working with Mr. Hartsock . . . Both men 
will make their homes in Greensboro . . . 
•/. M. Barnes, division prison supervisor 
of the old Fifth, has been reinstated; he's 
prison supervisor of the new Seventh, 


with headquarters in Greensboro ... He 
replaces D. B. Paris. 

IT'S A TREAT to see Alamance County 
road maintenance supervisor C. E. Mc- 
Leod and Porter G. Smith, a temporary 
man in Caswell County, both back on the 
job . . . McLeod had a minor operation 
on his foot . . . S7nith was ill in the 
Memorial Hospital in Danville, Virginia. 

A SPEEDY recovery is wished Orange 
County road maintenance supervisor C. /. 
Walters' mother-in-law . . . She was in- 
jured in an automobile accident. 

VACATIONING families . . . The Wil- 
liam B. Whitty's of Caswell County spent 
some time in the mountains of western 
North Carolina . . . The Edward Rowlands 
spent a week-end at Myrtle Beach . . . The 
./. B. Taylors and their son, Jerry, recently 
spent a week-end in New Bern visiting 
Mrs. Taylor's brother . . . J. T. Martini o£ 
Construction took his family to Morehead 
City for a few days . . . The Bryant E. 
Breicers relaxed at Carolina Beach for a 
few days . . . Edgar Terrell and his family 
spent a week at Myrtle Beach . . . Motor 
grader operator Jack Workman of Orange 
County and his two daughters spent a 
week visiting relatives in Knoxville and 
Nashville, Tennessee . . . Oil en L.Satter- 
field took his family to visit relatives in 
West Virginia over the Labor Day week- 
end . . . The P. L. Welches and their 
daughter, Caroline, spent a week in 
August at Wrightsville Beach . . . The 
W. W. Whites spent several days vacation- 
ing at Asheville, the Skyline Drive and 
Oak Ridge, Tennessee . . . The Bill 
Pringles and their daughter. Penny, spent 
several days at Myrtle Beach . . . The 
H. C. Easley's and the R. S. Thomases 
made a trip to Fontana and Cherokee . . . 
And the J. L. McPhersons and son, 
Donnie, while touring the western part 
of the State saw "Horn in the West". 

Charles Edgerton and his father, 
P\ M. Edgerton, di.scuss the size of a 
drainage area to be installed in upper 
Nash County. Charles has been with the 
Commission for three years while his 
father has 31 years to his credit. 


The ollifo personnel of the Fourteenth Division line up in the yard of the McKee 
residence which is being used temporarily as division headquarters. Front row, 
from left are J. M. Worley, assistant road oil supervisor; Mrs. Edith O. Sutton and 
Mrs. Doris M. Higdon, stenographers; C. W. Lee, assistant division engineer; and 
G. G. Page, division engineer. 

Second row, from left, are: M. E. White, right-of-way engineer; C. J. Beck, 
office engineer; G. W. Clayton, right-of-way engineer; and W. T. Madden, road 
maintenance supervisor. 

Division prison supervisor B. H. Freeman, Division equipment superintendent 
Boyd Hamilton, and Road oil supervisor D. E. Hyatt were not' present when the 
picture was made. 

WELCOME to J. 0. Lamheth of Thomas- 
ville who is now employed in the division 

MR. AND MRS. Dewey Massey an- 
nounce the arrival of a baby girl, August 
1 . . . Massey is an Alamance County 

NUPTIAL NEWS . . . J. D. Gwynn, Jr., 
son of Gang foreman J. D. Givynn of 
Caswell County, was married to June 
Poteat in the Yanceyville Methodist 
Church, August 28 . . . Carl Webster, 
highway inspector with Construction, was 
married August 7, to Margaret Harden 
. . . Carl's bride has taught in the Graham 
public schools for several years . . . They 
honeymooned at Myrtle Beach . . . They 
are at home at 109 East Harden Street in 

SUPERVISORY foreman Charles E. 
Murphy and tractor-trailer operator Cal- 
vin 0. Stowe of Caswell County have been 
seen sporting shiny new cars. 

OUR SYMPATHY to Leslie J. Whitt 
and James R. Whitt in the death of their 
mother and grandmother respectively . . . 
To K. R. Scott in the death of his father- 
in-law . . . And to Dewey E. Stephens in 
the death of his mother-in-law. 


Division Correspondent' 

Personnel changes . . . The sign 

Department has two new employees: 
Gray Sewell and John William Priest . . . 
Sewell transferred from Fayetteville; 

Priest from Maintenance . . . Thomas S. 
Craven was transferred to the Claim De- 
partment in Asheboro as an assistant to 
T. C. Johnston; he replaces A. Z. Williams 
who was moved to the new Third division 
office at Wilmington . . . Four Construc- 
tion men: R. G. Shepherd, John Birdsall. 
W. 0. Flinchum and Roy L. Gates have 
been transferred to the Location Depart- 
ment . . . And J. W. Black who was 
Richmond County prison camp superin- 
tendent has been transferred to the Tenth 
Division at Monroe. 

THE W. W. KENTS of Sanford are 
mighty proud of their new son, Terry, 
who was born August 31 . . . Kent is an 
engineering aide in Construction. 

PARTS CLERK H. R. James was the 
lucky man who attended the recent 
World Series games. 

the birth of a seven-pound boy, October 1 
. . . Ausley is a parts clerk in Equipment. 

DISTRICT engineer John G. Hall of 
Asheboro has moved his family to a new 
residence on South Fayetteville Street. 

MECHANIC T. R. Trodgon resigned in 
August . . . H. C. Marley replaces P. C. 
Pickett, parts clerk in the division shop, 
who resigned September 1. 

WELCOME back to A. J. Hughes, our 
fine assistant division engineer . . . He 
had been out sick for the past four 

ROAD OIL man A. W. Maddox of Lee 
County has been drafted into the Army. 

TIME OFF . . .W. P. Tatum, mechanic 
foreman, and his wife spent two weeks 

touring the New England States and th 
midwest . . . Mechanic T. M. William 
and his wife spent their time-off fishin 
on the coast . . . Truck driver A. J. Hurle 
and his wife vacationed in Asheville andl 
attended the Indian Fair at Cherokee . . 
Parts clerk H. C. Marley and his wif 
spent a week in Florida. 


Division Correspondent' 

0. K. STEPHENS has recovered from 
a virus infection . . . It's good to see him 
back tending to his signs and curbing . . 

C. 8. Linville was confined to his home for 
several weeks . . . His highway friends 
hope to see him back at work soon. 

C. O. (DUTCH) Benfield, genial division 
prison supervisor of the old Eighth, is 
now looking after the prison camps in 
the new Ninth. 

County was recently employed as 
stenographer-clerk in the division office 
. . . They are very glad to have "Miss 
Betty" in the highway family and hope 
she'll stay with them a long time. 

O. D. RENTZ, a long-time and valued 
Construction employee, has been trans 
ferred to the Right-of-Way Department 

MR. AND MRS. J. A. Cutrell entertain 
ed a crowd of folks at their home in 
September . . . Chicken stew, with all 
the trimmings, was served . . . Among the 
platter-cleaners were the W. F. Ray's, the 
T. C. Hailey's, the J. E. Leftwiches, the 
A. L. Myerses, the L. B. Myerses, the B. C. 
Peaks, the Rothrocks, the S. 0. Tally's, 
the G. C. Walterses and J. R. Sharpe. 


Division Correspondent 

Delegates to the state convention 
of the NCSHEA in Raleigh report it was 
a harmonious session . . . Bob Brown of 
Charlotte was elected second vice-presi- 

BEST WISHES to T. 0. Johnston of 
Maintenance in Charlotte who recently 
retired . . . Now he will be able to find 
time for his hobbies. 

TWO NEW FACES . . . Mr. and Mrs. 
Lee Ponds announce the birth of a 
daughter, Sandra Jane, July 21; the Paul 

D. Hildreths, a son, Paul Junior Hildreth, 
August 21. 

J. B. PRIDGEN, his wife and their sons, 
spent a week in Ocala, Florida, visiting 
their daughter, granddaughter and grand- 




jon . . . They had a wonderful time . . . 
t seemed like going home to Pridgen 
ince he spent much of his early man- 
cod in railroad engineering work in 
"lorida . . . Cottonmouth and alligators 
re nothing new to him. 

P. L. ALLEN, Preston Hanna and W. M. 
I'rowder spent a September week-end at 
llyrtle Beach, Little River and other 
shing spots on the coast . . . The fishing 
/asn't much, but they had a good time 

. . It was a welcome diversion for them. 

THE T. F. ROYALS were guests of the 
loyle TucTicrs at their beach cottage in 
larden City, South Carolina . . . Tom 
aid they did nothing but sleep and eat 
lost of the week ... He sure look rested 
rhen he returned to the daily grind. 

R. L. LOWERY and Y. 8. Godivin took 
jeveral days off and visited many histor- 
3al spots in the northeastern part of the 
iitate . . . They saw "The Lost Colony" on 
ioanoke Island. 

MR. AND MRS. Hiram HamUton (he's 
'n the Bridge Department) are the proud 
randparents of a baby boy. 

A FISH FRY, with all the "trimmings", 
,'as held at the Huntersville Camp, Sep- 
ember 11 ... It was greatly enjoyed by 
11 the men and their wives . . . Special 
;uests were Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Beatty. 
{. M. Burgin. and Mr. and Mrs. Jones. 

ROY GARRISON of the Construction 
)epartment in Charlotte recently resign- 
d to enter private business . . . His many 
riends wish him a successful future. 

F. B. RANSON reports a restful vaca- 
;ion in Florida. 

THREE MEN have recovered from re- 
ent illnesses and are welcomed back on 
he job: Jim Sellars of Construction, 
Juard Fred Stexvart, and Glenn Eargle of 

A. P. PELT of Construction took his 
vife to Morchead City for a vacation. 

HIGHWAY patrolman Willis Rayvou 
Austin was married September 20, to 
/lary Frances Neal . . . Austin is station- 
ed at Wadesboro. 


Division Correspondent 

il MONG the delegates from the 
Eleventh who attended the State Con- 
tention of the NCSHEA were James 
itioell. R. E. Richardson, L. R. Kiger, 
). N. Burge, and A. F. Shore. 

COMMISSIONER and Mrs. Wixikler, the 
Hm Coiincills, J. E. Doughton, and Carl 
i?. Lewis attended the convention of the 
Southeastern Association of State High- 
vay Officials in Asheville. 

BEST WISHES to T. W. Snow who 
■etired July 1 after 26 years service to 

his credit . . . He was recently hospital- 
ized, but he's convalescing at home now. 

BIRTHDAY wishes to these men, with 
the date, who will celebrate birthdays in 
November: D. E. Baldwin, 30th; W. R. 
Billings, tenth ; H. E. Jones, first; 
J. J. Dunbar, eighth; V. H. Blevins, 14th; 
J. D. Jarvis, twelfth; L. B. Walsh, eighth; 
J. L. Hudspeth, third; B. G. Sizemore, 
28th; Ross Jones, 24th; Therm C. Wise, 
eighth; Max T. Austin, 23rd; Edward F. 
Baird, third; Ralph L. Baird, eighth; and 
Ellis P. Bolick, 14th. 

THESE men, with the date, will cele- 
brate birthdays in December: Mack C. 
Ahsher, seventh; Robert Bumgarner, 
25th; Lester Correll, 19th; M. T. Cuthbert- 
son, 16th; John G. Freeman, sixth; J. A. 
McLean, 30th; James H. Taylor and Don 
Wiseman, 20th; W. A. Moser, 14th; L. F. 
Whitaker, 29th; R. G. White, l5th; 0. J. 
Felts, 25th; and W. C. Hall, 19th. 

Pfc. I'hilip L. Lynch was a truck 
driver with the Maintenance Department 
in Warren County before he was caUed 
in service last February. His father, 
J. U. Lynch, is employed with the 
I'rison Department. 

Philip got his basic Army training at 
Fort Dix, New Jersey. He's now with 
the Field Artillery in Germany. 

SYMPATHY is extended the family of 
J. E. Mosteller who passed away August 7 
. . . Mr. Mosteller was a retired section 
foreman who had worked 24 years with 

VACATIONS . . . District engineer 
C. G. Ashby took his family to Morehead 
for a week's vacation . . . Stenographer 
Ruth Potter and her husband spent four 
days visiting Mr. Potter's parents in 
Unicoi, Tennessee . . . Right-of-Way 
engineer Paul West is back from a few 
days visit with his mother in Alabama 
. . . ''Pete" Justus took off for his annual 
Florida fishing trip. 

FRANK HAGAMAN has returned to 
work with Construction in North Wilkes- 
boro . . . They're mighty glad to have him 

GANG FOREMAN Hilton T. Vestal re- 
signed September 30, to accept other 

SHOVEL operator WiUiam J. Coffey of 
Caldwell County lost his home in a fire 
. . . Mr. Coffey, father of three children, 
appreciates the donations of his friends 
in his time of misfortune. 

GET WELL Wishes to District 
Mechanic J. T. Blackwood who was in- 
jured in a fall from a ladder at his home 
in August ... To J. B. Williams and W. S. 
Reynolds who have been out of work due 
to illness . . . And to 0. M. Shinault who 
is recuperating from a recent sickness. 


Division Correspondent 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 

Buford Wellmon who celebrated their 
twentieth wedding anniversary, Septem- 
ber 29 . . . Buford also passed another 
milestone in his life — his eighth year 
with the Commission. 

PERSONNEL MOVES . . . T. M. Austell 
of Construction has been promoted to 
maintenance supervisor and transferred 
from the Twelfth to the Fourteenth Divi- 
sion . . . He's now located at the district 
office in Hendersonville . . . Three other 
men, Allen Gray, Jr. Tom Dycus. and 
Roy Grigg, have been moved from Con- 
struction in the Twelfth to the Fourteenth 
. . . They are located at Franklin . . . 
(rene White has been promoted to Junior 
Right-of-Way Engineer and moved from 
Shelby to Sylva . . . Joe Davis of Construc- 
tion has been transferred to the Location 
Department . . . The best of luck to each 
in his new position! 

AMONG the folks who went down from 
the Twelfth to Raleigh as delegates to 
the recent State Convention of NCSHEA 
were Marion Davis, H. H. Weaver, Erwin 
Noggle, Paul Sain, L. B. Peck, P. J. 
Corpening and L. D. Gaither. 

THE STORK recently delivered a 
daughter to Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Speaks 
of Statesville . . . And a son to the Y. T. 
Martins and the D. G. Hollands of 
Catawba County. 

THE AUGUST hearing on division road 
matters was held in Taylorsville . . . 
Several delegations appeared during the 
morning and before the adjournment at 

SICK LIST . . . It's fine to see W. D. 
Williaxns, maintenance employee in Alex- 
ander County, back on the job following 
an extended illness . . . Foreman A. J. 
Mills of Catawba County was out sick for 
several days . . . Fred Lee Moore of 
Iredell County had the misfortune to be 
bitten by a black widow spider ... As a 




result, he spent some time in a Moores- 
ville hospital . . . Guard William Rochester 
of the Cleveland County Prison Camp is 
improving after being hit by a truck. 

TIME OUT . . . District engineer P. D. 
Miller joined a group of friends in Sep- 
tember for a few days fishing trip near 
Morehead City . . . Key foreman /. B. 
Curlee of Catawba County took his family 
on a vacation trip to Cherokee and the 
Indian Fair . . . T. C. Walker of Iredell 
County, accompanied by his family, made 
a late vacation visit in Texas and other 
states; he chalked up several thousand 
miles in two weeks . . . Iredell County 
Prison Camp Superintendent W. D. Shan- 
non took his wife to New York to visit 
relatives during their vacation . . . Bill 
Andreivs of the Shelby Construction De- 
partment is back from a vacation jaunt 
to Florida . . . Resident engineer W. A. 
McNeill and Mrs. McNeill spent a few 
days in Americus, Georgia, in September 
. . . Carl Allen of Equipment made a fishing 
trip in October . . . District engineers 
H. H. Weaver and W. W. Wyke enjoyed 
a fishing trip with Jay Summerel at More- 
head City . . . These three men plus 
J. I. Church and P. D. Miller spent Labor 
Day week-end at P. J. Corpening's cottage 
at Lake Luke. 

MACK POSTON, JR., is a new Equip- 
ment employee at Shelby. 

RALPH HORD was recently promoted 
from the Construction Department to 
Materials Inspector for the Twelfth. 

MRS. JOHN FALLS and Mrs. Willie 
Runyans are well again after a short 
hospital stay . . . John and Willie are in 

SYMPATHY is extended C. R. Rankin 
of Troutman in the recent death of his 

G. G. BESS of Construction has recently 
moved into his new home in Shelby. 

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin T. Gupton are 
newly-weds. Gupton is a machine opera- 
tor in Warren County. His bride is the 
former Dorothy Allen of Warrenton. 

THE TWELFTH was well-represented 
at the recent SASHO Convention in Ashe- 
ville by Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Peck, Mr. and 
Mrs. H. H. Weaver, Construction Engineer 
R. J. Albert, Resident engineers W. A. 
McNeill and D. L. Rink, and District 
Engineer P. D. Miller. 


Division Correspondent 


Lee E. Simpson of Summerfleld, ma- 
chine operator in District Two, Division 
Seven, was the attractive "bride" of 
C. M. Doggett in a "womanless wedding" 
recently given at the Sunimerfield High 

HEARTY welcome is extended C W. 
Lee, assistant division engineer, who has 
just returned from active duty with the 
Navy . . . Lee spent part of his overseas 
duty in Korea. 

RESIDENT engineer F. K. Westwood 
recently attended a meeting of the 
Employees Associations of the New 
England States in Maine . . . Only North 
Carolina and three other states were ask- 
ed to send delegates to this meeting. 

IT'S GOOD to see Earl Smart back with 
Maintenance ... He worked with Road 
Oil for a while. 

ALL OF "HUTCH'S" party in Waynes- 
ville join in spreading the welcome mat 
for ./. C. Weaver who has returned from 
a two-year Army stint in Germany . . . 
Weaver has transferred from Location to 

THE FOURTEENTH sent a representa- 
tive group to the State Convention of the 
NCSHEA in Raleigh— J'. K. Westwood of 
Brevard, Paul J. DuPre of Hendersonville, 
George Byrd of Franklin, G. G. Page and 
Jack Beck of S y 1 v a , and Harry E. 
Buchanan of Hendersonville. 

SCHOOL DAYS . . . The Waynesville 
office said farewell to Jerry Rathhone who 
resigned in September to enter Western 
Carolina College . . . Highway inspector 
W. L. Jones of Waynesville is proud of 
his son, W. A. Jones, who graduated with 



a major in business administration fro:| 
Western Carolina College, in August. 

THREE MEN, Tom Dycas, Roy Gri^j| 
and Allen Gray, have transferred from th 
Twelfth to Construction in the Fourteen* 
at Franklin. 

DISTRICT engineer and Mrs. E. j 
Curtis are thankful to have their soi 
Cpl. Robert Lee Curtis, home again 
Bobby served two years with the Firs 
Marines . . . He spent seven months i 
Korea and was wounded on Bunker Hi 
. . . Bobby expects to return to colleg 
after Christmas. 

Deivey A. Elliott on the birth of 
daughter, Lillian Joyce, August 16; M\ 
Elliott works with Construction at Frant 
lin . . . To the W. H. Coxoards of Waynej 
ville on the birth of a baby girl . 
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Whitmire on t 
birth of a six and one half pound soi 
Donald Ellis, August 16; Mr. Whitmir 
is a foreman in Transylvania County . 
To the W. P. McGaha's on the birth 
their fourth daughter. Marguerite; "Duhs 
McGaha is employed in Brevard . . . Ani 
to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ramsey, Jr., a 
the birth of a red-headed daughter. Rebec 
ca Ann, August 26 . . . Mrs. Ramsey 
the youngest daughter of the Joe 
Setsers of Franklin; Mr. Setser is a supei 

A SPEEDY recovery is wished Elme 
K. Johnson, a Macon County employee 
who was hospitalized for an operation 

IN SEPTEMBER, T. M. Austell wa 
transferred from Construction in Shelb; 
to a maintenance supervisor in the Hen 
dersonville office. 

HIS HIGHWAY friends are glad to se. 
Frank Capps, a former employee, up anti 
around again . . . Frank broke his lef 
while working with the Taylor Construe 
tion Company in Washington. 

This 20-inch Rainbow Trout, native 
to North Carolina, is one of the largest 
rainbow trout that P. R. Raxter, W. V. 
Ledford, and S. F. Davidson of Brevard 
have ever seen. While running center 
line, they crossed a mountain stream 
and encountered this beauty. If was not 
taken of a No. 18 test line, but with a 
No. 10-A stone. This fish was killed in 
self-defense as it was trying to bite the 
rear chainman. 





Highway Chairman Graham and Com- 
lissioner Emmett Winslow of the First 
ighway Division recently gave an ac- 
)unting of the Commission's efforts to 
rovide a paved road on the Outer Banlts. 

They cited the $896,000 the State had 
pent during the past six years in grading 
nd paving 55 miles down the Outer 

They reported the road from Manteo 
own the Outer Banks to Hatteras is 
ow open to traffic throughout its entire 
ngth. The road, one long-desired by the 
ical residents, is an important addition 
) the State coastal highway system. It 
as an 18-foot pavement and five-foot 
loulders. Heavy rains and ocean water 
Eten wash over it and thus caus^'d the 
elay in completing it. 
The cost of grading and paving the first 
nk, a 17-mile stretch from Avon to 
[atteras, totaled $319,040. Work started 
the grading in 1947, but the paving 
as not completed till 1948. 
The next section was built from Avon 
) Rodanthe, a distance of 17.8 miles, 
rading work started in August, 1950. 
efore surfacing, State forces dug up the 
ase which had been damaged by sea 
ater and worked out the naphta in the 
oad. The road was surfaced with sand 
ituminous materials in 1952. The total 
ost of this 17.8 mile link was $217,475.65. 
In January, 1952, bids were taken on 
uilding 12.34 miles from Rodanthe to 
(regon Inlet. Work started a month later 

on the grading. The paving was completed 
in September, 1953. Total cost of this 
segment is estimated at $191,838. 

The contract for work on a 2.23 mile 
extension of the road through Cape Hat- 
teras State Park from the main highway 
to Cape Hatteras was awarded August, 
1952. Work was started last February. 
Although not fully complete, the project 
will cost an estimated $38,736.50. 

In preparation for using the new Oregon 
Inlet ferry, "The Governor Umstead," bids 
were taken last May for grading a ferry 
landing basin on the south side of 
Oregon Inlet. The work was completed 
last July 12 at a cost of $13,790. In 
August, "The Governor Umstead", a con- 
verted Navy landing craft with a 22-car 
capacity, was put into service. 

A ferry basin slip on the north side of 
Orgeon Inlet previously was constructed 
in 1951 at a cost of $20,850. 

The Whalebone Junction-Oregon Inlet 
road project was submitted to contractors 
in March, 1951. Grading work got under- 
way the next month, but the road bed 
had to be dug up and reworked before it 
could be surfaced this year. The surfacing 
was completed this fall at an estimated 
cost of $94,218.33. 

Division Engineer W. M. Spruill, Assist- 
ant Division Engineer J. D. Miller and 
Resident Engineer E. H. Baggs of Manteo 
have done a good job of supervising the 
construction of this 55-mile road on the 
Outer Banks. 

"The Governor Umstead", a convertctl Navy landing craft which was put in 
iperation in August, plies tlie waters of the Oregon Inlet. It carries 22 cars and 
lias partially relieved the inadequacy of the State's ferry service at the Inlet. From 
Xovember 1, 1953, through March 15, 1954, the Oregon Inlet ferries ("The 
Governor Umstead" plus the "New Inlet" and the "Barcelona") will make eight 
round trips from 7:00 A.M. through 4:20 P.M. Gross load limit for "The Governor 
Umstead" is 18 tons while the two smaller boats can carry only eight tons apiece, 
it takes about 20 minutes to cross the Inlet. 

Roadside Comment 

The Winsto?i-8ulem Journal claims, 
"The State of North Carolina is spending 
millions upon millions of dollars to 
modernize its highway system. Yet the 
State is doing little or nothing to protect 
its new multi-million dollar roads from 
unsightly and dangerous road-side devel- 
opments." The editorial cites a major 
highway in the Piedmont where the entire 
roadside is "springing up with a lush 
growth of filling stations, motels, restau- 
rants and other commercial establish- 
ments which hope to attract the passing 
motorists." The motorist sees not the 
rolling Tar Heel farm land but an endless 
succession of billboards and businesses. 
"Having to look at these blots upon the 
landscape is bad enough. But even worse 
is the hazard they create. Billboards can, 
and do, block vision. . . . That means that 
every roadside business causes cars to 
leave and enter the highway, and every 
such point presents a hazard. Where 
roadside development is uncontrolled, the 
motorist must keep a close watch on cars 
entering and leaving the highway as well 
as those on the highway. 

"At night, the hazard is greater. 
Almost without exception, the operators 
of roadside businesses attempt to lure 
customers with blinking neon lights. 
These lights are distracting and confusing 
and make night driving more dangerous 
even than it normally is. 

". . . Cities long ago learned the neces- 
sity of achieving some measure of control 
over land use through the enactment of 
zoning ordinances. Why should not the 
same principles apply to rural land 
adjacent to busy highways — to protect the 
State's investment in the highways, if 
for no other reason?" 

The Durham Herald says, "The matter 
of highway rights-of-way is of inevitable 
and perpetual concern to the Highway 
Commission. Not only is there the diffi- 
culty of securing rights-of-way for new 
roads or roadway improvements; also of 
concern — and increasingly so— is what 
happens to the right-of-way after it is 
established and whether the customary 
rights-of-way provide adequate protection 
for the motorists using the highways. 

"Little is gained for highway safety and 
the expeditious fiow of traflSc if a highway 
— engineered to be a safe highway — 
gradually becomes cluttered with road- 
side safety menances either on or off the 
right-of-way. Roadside establishments, 
creating new points of ingress and 
egress, can nullify safety features in- 
corporated into a highway. . . . And by 
and by there is pressure to lower speed 
limits which in turn leads to congestion 
and defeats the . highway's purpose of 
expediting traffic flow." 






Bridgeman P. H. Clay recalls, "I started 
at Hickory in the road maintenance de- 
partment in 1921. I'll never forget those 
old World War One trucks, cars and 
motorcycles we used. We had a time try- 
ing to drag the old-time homemade drags 
over the roads. We were smoothing up 
the roads for the Model T Fords. Since 
there were no highway shops then, we 
truck drivers did the repair work our- 
selves. Although young and inexperienced, 
we got the job done. In time, we had 
passable roads from courthouse to court- 

"Later I went with the bridge main 
tenance department under F. S. Youni; 
who is still my superintendent. In 1926. 
I was made bridge foreman and sent to 
Madison County with eight men, two 
camp cars, one truck and a few tools. W( 
moved into Marshall on the island 
where the high school now stands. While 
we were setting up camp, some youngsters 
came over and asked when the show 
started. Jokingly we said eight o'clock. 
About seven when a crowd gathered we 
decided we had to do something. Thinking 
we had some fair singers, we started off. 
Before we finished the first song, the 
crowd had melted away. The sheriff came 
over to see who was making the racket. 
I had a few bad moments till the sheriff 
accepted my explanation. 

"From Marshall we went to Hot 
Springs, a distance of 20 miles. It took 
us all day to get our camp cars over 
the mountains. It was only nine miles 
to Spring Creek but it took us one day 
to get there. 

"We were building a retaining wall 
near Newfound Gap when the bank holi- 
day was declared. We couldn't get our pay 
checks cashed to buy food. We bought 

some corn on credit from a farmer and 
used our rifles to keep a supply of ground- 
hog and raccoon meat. A man gave us a 
gallon of bear oil which the cook used 
in making corn bread. We subsisted on 
this fare till a kindly doctor cashed our 
checks and we had our first square meal 
in three weeks. 

"We were always on a good trout 
stream. After supper and Sundays, we'd 
catch a nice string of fish. I remember 
one big one that did not get away. He 
fought so hard that when we landed him, 
he was plumb wet with sweat." 

Clay is 51 years old. 

Supervisor Major Pope Powell is the 
son of Peter and Nina C. Powell. He was 
born September 13, 1896, in Warrenton. 

In October, 1922, he was employed by 
the Commission as a truck driver. He was 
a section foreman for several years, a 


prison foreman for 19. In 1949, he was 
promoted from section foreman to main- 
tenance supervisor. Through the years, 
he has worked with W. D. Sonniville, 
Dave Ray, W. D. Rodgers, Joe Taylor, 
C. W. Lewis, C. F. Gore and W. N. Spruill. 

Powell is a high school graduate. Sep- 
tember 28, 1919, he was married to Gladys 
E. Hull in Richmond, Virginia. They are 
mighty proud of three grown sons who 
are now married. Major Pope Powell, Jr., 
is a telephone foreman in Dallas, Texas; 
Roy I. Powell is a draftsman at Fort 
Eustis, Virginia; and John G. Powell is 
with the Coast Guards. 

Powell is a Mason. His hobby is collect- 
ing old coins. He has ten half dollar coins, 
no two alike. Some of his coins date from 


Section foreman Elbert Howard Non 
of Norlina started his highway career 
1923 as a truck driver for Floyd Siler 
1923. They were under the supervision 
R. W. Moore. 

In 1926, Norris was promoted to secti( 
foreman and remained in that vicini 
until February, 1927 when he was trar 
ferred to Warren County. During his 
years service, he has always worked 

Norris was born February 10, 1901, 
Johnston County. He is the son of Loui 
and Neil Norris. He attended Pleasai 
Hill School and Benson High School. 

December 25, 1919, Norris was marrie 
to Temmie Henry in Dillon, South Car 
lina. They are members of the Norlii 
Methodist Church. They have two chil 
ren: Mrs. Doris Twiford and V. S. Norrii 

Hunting, fishing and gardening are h 
leisure-time interests. 

Shop foreman Lewis F. Waters bega 
his highway service in 1922 under tl 
supervision of C. C. Holland and I' 
Markham in old District Two at Kinstoi 
Waters was transferred to Clinton as 
field mechanic in 1925. His supervise 
was W. G. Howard. Four years latei 
Waters was moved back to Kinston. 

In 1931, he was transferred back 
Clinton in old Division B under Distric 
Engineer R. D. Benson. In 1936, he worke 
briefly in Elizabethtown. The followin; 
year, he was sent to Sanford unde 
George A. Brinkley and J. H. Alford. H 
was transferred in 1942 to Greenville am 
promoted to his present classification. 

Waters was born March 10, 1895 
Jones County, near Kinston. He is thi 
son of William Hawkins and Donnie G 
Waters. He graduated from Dover Higl 





September 1, 1921, Waters was married 
Annie Oliva Whiteliead in Kinston. 
ey liave three children: Mrs. J. Roy 
•k of Durham. Lt. William F. Waters 
the U. S. Air Force, and Mrs. John 
llcr of West Virginia. 
Vfter work hours, this top foreman 
ioys hunting, fishing and gardening, 
is a Mason. 

Highway Politics 

u commenting on Tennessee Highway 
airman W. M. Leach's statement at 
recent SASHO Convention that "poli- 
", as a science of government, are 
ays involved in highway construction, 
Shelby l^tar said, "Keeping the people 
ormed (on highway matters) involves 
job in public relations as well as 

That doesn't mean that the highway 
ces need an advertising di'partment. It 
sn't mean that they should toot the 
n for themselves or for any particular 

'It does mean that they should keep 
at they are doing constantly before the 
blic in terms that are easily under- 
od. The ma.iority of the public cannot 
id a blue print with all of its technical 
ns. That is a job for engineers." 
The Star thinks it is the Highway 
partment's job to interpret swiftly and 

ctively those blue prints as fast as 
jy are developed. 
. . the l)etter understood by the people 

roads, the better public purpose they 
11 serve." 

Dmmission Hears Petition 

For All-Coastal Highway 

After their regular monthly meeting in 
ptember. the Commission heard a prom- 
ent group of East Carolina citizens 
tition for an all-coastal higliway. The 

All Coastal Highway Committee had 
adopted a resolution calling for the imme- 
diate construction of an All Coastal High- 
way, extending from Nags Head via the 
recently paved road to the Village of 
Hatteras, across Ocracoke Island and to 
the dead end of Interstate Highway 70 at 
the Village of Atlantic. The resolution also 
called for tlie widening and improving of 
US 17. 

Alvah L. Hamilton of Morehead City, 
chairman of the coastal liighway com- 
mittee, was the leading spokesman for 
the coastal delegation. Joseph A. DuBois, 
manager of the Morehead City Chamber 
of Commerce, is secretary of the com- 

All that is necessary to make the ocean 
route a reality, according to proponents 
of the plan, is the construction and paving 
of a short stretch of beach from the Vil- 
lage of Hatteras to Hatteras Inlet, the 
installation of adequate ferry service at 
the inlet, and the construction of 17 miles 
on Ocracoke Island. From Ocracoke Vil- 
lage, the road would extend, by ferry, 
across 20-odd miles of water in Pamlico 
Sound to Cedar Island, to connect with 
a paved road leading to Atlantic, or by 
ferry to Atlantic to connect directly with 
US 70. 

Supporters of the route claimed such a 
road is vital to the economy of coastal 
residents, would attract new capital and 
industry, and raise the per capita income 
of local residents. 

Highway Chairman Graliam promised 
the Highway Commission would study the 
proposal as submitted ))y the All Coastal 
Highway Committee. 

Fisher Appointed 

Safety Director 

Chairman Graham recently named L. R. 
Fisher, former Commissioner of Motor 
Vehicles, Safety Director of the State 
Highway and Public Works Commission. 
Fisher fills the job left vacant with the 
resignation of Joe Crawford last summer. 

During World War II, Fisher served as 
a Captain. He was assigned to the 
American Military Government as public 
safety director. At various times, he was 
stationed in England, France and 
Germany and became Governor of Kreise 
Waibling, a German province. 

Following his release from service as 
a Major in July, 1945, Fisher returned to 
Germany that same year to serve in a 
civilian capacity as an executive aid<> to 
the 21 American Judges at the Nuremburg 
war crimes trials. 

In 1947, he returned to the State and 
assumed duties as head of the Financial 
Responsibility Unit of the Highway Safety 
Division of the Department of Motor 
Vehicles. In 1950, he was named Director 

of the Highway Safety Division and 
served until 1951 when he was appointed 
head of the ABC Board's Malt Beverage 
Division. In 1952, he was appointed Com- 
missioner of Motor Vehicles and served 
until he was replaced by Ed Scheidt last 

Fisher is married to the former Mabel 
Rogers of Raleigh. He is a member of the 
Hayes Barton Baptist Church, a Shriner, 
an Elk and is active in the 40 & 8 and 
the American Legion. 

Fisher, 51, was born in Mecklenburg 
County. In 1929, when the State Highway 
Patrol was organized, he became one of 
its original members. In 1937, he was 
promoted to captain and headed the 
patrol's western division. 

He plans to set up a vigorous program 
emphasizing on-the-job safety for highway 

Page From a Rodman's Diary 



Davidson of I5r<'vai'(l 

This little story I'm about to tell 

Sounds sorta like a day in H , 

But from the time I greet each rosy 

Till I straggle home and the sun's long 

This is my story, this is my song. 

I report to the office each new day, 
Only to hear the Boss Man say: 
"Can't you get here on time anymore'? 
Grab that level and get out the door!" 
Oh well, I loafed in bed till half past four. 

Then out to the job, we quickly go. 
Hardly pausing for a cup of "jo," 
I grab some stakes, a rod, the ax 
Then over the l)ank and through the 

The sweat runs down and stings my eyes, 
I'm eaten alive by big green flies. 
One day it's mud right up to my knees. 
The next it's dust that makes me sneeze. 
While all around buzz bumble bees. 

We set our stakes all straight and true. 
And hurry so we might get thi'ough. 
To have a moment to sit around, 
Wliile the contractor's busy knocking 
'em down, 

And covers them with rock and ground. 

Along toward noon when it's really warm. 
We hope in vain for a thunderstorm. 
We clench our fists and to Heaven call, 
"Please ol' Massa, let a few drops fall. 
And we will seek refuge in our Carry-all." 

Late in the day when the sun is low. 
It's into the Chewy and to the barn we go. 
Then I know that if I made today 
That on the morrow, I will say: 
"Only thirty more years to go on this 




What is a Modern Road? 

Modern I'oads aren't necessarily super- 
highways, any more than modern vehicles 
are necessarily airplanes. Many people 
think that only famous highways are 
modern. Truth is: any road is up-to-date 
that docs a good job of carrying the 
traffic it was built for. 

A good road permits safe passage at a 
safe speed for the cars that use it regular- 
ly. A well-graded, well-drained dirt road 
may well be called modern; so might a 
well-cared-for gravel road or any one of 
the familiar "black tops." 

The moment a road fails to meet the 
demands of motorists, it is obsolete. 

We need modern roads between small 
towns, even between farms. But we can 
hardly demand that these roads be super- 

Exactly what kind of a road does a 
community need? A survey of needs is just 
as important as an engineering survey. A 
too-expensive road, or a too-elaborate one, 
is just as bad as one that is too narrow, 
badly graded or poorly built. 

The use-value of a road is the determ- 
ining factor. Planning a modern road calls 
for thorough consideration of all the needs 
of the public — industrial, commercial, 
recreational, agricultural and social. 

There are three things necessary to 
construct a good road, students of a 
famous engineering college are told by 
one of its wisest professors. Those three 
things are: One, a good foundation; two, 
a good foundation; and three, a good 

From the Olcahoma Motor Carrier. 

Return Gas Tax 

The SASHO went on record in favor of 
joining other regional highway organiza- 
tions in urging Washington to return all 
gasoline tax money to the states. 

The two-cent federal tax per gallon of 
gas yields about $850,000,000 a year. 
About $550,000,000 is appropriated to the 
states in federal-aid highway funds. The 
remainder is retained and used for gen- 
eral federal expenses. North Carolina's 
share has been about $11,500,000 a year. 

Federal-aid highway funds are issued 
on the basis of area, population and mile- 
age for urban, primary, secondary and 
interstate highway system jobs. Under 
the existing set-up, the states generally 
must put up a dollar for each dollar 

The SASHO hopes to have the matching 
formula for allocations to the interstate 
highway system revised. The Association 
feels that the federal government should 
put up 75 cents for each 25 cents put up 
by the states. 


Of the $25,000,000 presently set up for 
interstate system federal-aid. North Caro- 
lina gets about $613,000, a year. 

The Association would like to see the 
interstate system allocations based on 
population with a guarantee that no state 
would get less than three-fourths of one 
per cent of the total funds. This would 
mean bigger allocations for North Caro- 

Doctor Appointed 

November 1, Dr. Charles Ely Flowers 
of Zebulon took over as Medical Director 
of the State Prisons system. He replaces 
Dr. Charles B. Angstadt who had filled the 
post on a part-time basis since Dr. John 
D. Browning was released in October. 

Prison Director W. F. Bailey said Dr. 
Flowers would set up offices in the Centi-al 
Prison hospital and devote full time to 
supervising the medical needs of the 
prison system's nearly 10,000 inmates. 

Three full-time registered male nurses 
will be on duty at Central Prison to serve 
in shifts around the clock. An assistant 
will be assigned to Dr. Flowers to handle 
the clerical records of the medical depart- 

Dr. Flowers took two years of his under- 
graduate work and two years of his 
medical training at the University of 
North Carolina. He completed medical 
school in 1913 at the Medical College of 
Virginia in Richmond, interned at St. 
Vincent Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, 
and practiced general medicine in Colum- 
bia, N. C, for two years. Later, he moved 
back to Norfolk and practiced there until 
called into the Army Medical Corps as 
a first lieutenant in 1917. 

He spent a year in France during 
World War I, saw action in the Neuse- 
Argonne forests and left military service 
as a captain in 1919. Since then, he has 
been practicing medicine in Zebulon. 

Dr. Flowers is a former president of the 
Wake County Medical Society; a member 
of the international medical fraternity, 
Phi Chi; an organizer and first president 
of the Zebulon Rotary Club, a member of 
the Zebulon Lions Club and a former vice- 
president of the Zebulon Chamber of Com- 
merce. A Mason, he has served four terms 
as master of the Zebulon Lodge and has 
been lodge treasurer for the past eight 
years. He also is a member and a former 
steward of the Zebulon Methodist Church. 

Dr. Flowers is the son of the late 
Charles A. Flowers and De Ella Alford 
Flowers. He was born and raised on a 
Pamlico County farm. His wife was the 
former Carmen P. Poole of Durham. 


CpL Laurice V. Hubbard, son of Ma; " 
tenaiice Supervisor L. D. Hubbaid, I J 
just returned to the States. Laur: « 

served 15 months with the Army i 



Bailey Names 

New Assistar * 


In October, State Prisons Director W. ii 
Bailey named Wilton Lee Fleming 1 . 
new assistant director of administrati| 
affairs. Fleming had been with the Sti 
Division of Purchase and Contract for t ' 
past seven years as an assistant direct Ii 
in charge of purchasing for State Insti Ii 
tions and State public schools. i 

As one of Bailey's three assistant din " 
tors, Fleming will be directly in char 
of the prisons budget, payroll and perse 
nel matters. This position was formei 
held by Otis Banks and more recently 
Carl Galloway who resigned in August. 

Fleming was born 34 years ago 
Bladenboro. He is the son of Mr. and M. 
W. E. Fleming of Fuquay Springs. 

Upon graduation from Fuquay Sprin 
High School in 1938, Fleming attend 
N. C. State College and was a member 
the student chapter of the Americ: 
Society of Civil Engineers. He was 
student colonel and battalion command 
in the State College ROTC. He graduat 
from State in 1943 with a degree in Cii 
Engineering and was then commission * 
a Second Lieutenant in the Army A n 
Corps. Fleming spent 18 months in t 
European Theatre of War. He was i 
leased from service as a Captain in 19 
and went to work in Division of Purcha 
and Contract. 

A member of the Raleigh Lions Club f ! ^ 
the past five years, Fleming was t! 
second vice-president of the Raleigh Cli 
last year. 

In April, Fleming was county chairmt 
of the Wake County Cancer Fund-Raisii 
Drive. He is now a member of the exec 



! committee of the Wake County unit 
he American Cancer Society, 
[is wife is tlie former Rose Maire 
|,nes of Clyde. Tliey liave tliree sons 
live in Raleigh. 

>p Men Attend Out 
of State Meetings 

wo important annual conventions call- 
bur of the Commission's ablest men out 
tate. Chairman Graham attended the 
ual convention of the Carolinas 
nch of the Associated Genei-al Con- 
tors. November 8-9-10, in Hot Springs, 
ginia. The Homestead was convention 

Uiief Engineer Rogers took in two days 
the AGC conference before joining 
dstant State Highway Engineer Louis 
y^ne and State Bridge Engineer Tom 
nter in Pittsburgh for the annual con- 
ition of the American Association of 
jite Highway Officials. The AASHO, 
ent organization of the Southeastern 
sociation of State Highway Officials 
icli recently convened in Asheville, 
d their yearly parley in the William 
an Hotel, November 11-12-13. 

New Shop Report 

Good progress is being made on con- 
struction of two of the three new division 
shops. Bridge foreman C. W. Rink is 
directing work on the Sylva shop which 
should be complete by December 1. L. M. 
Mitchell, bridge foreman, who is super- 
vising construction of the Wilmington 
shop expects to complete it by January 1. 

Bridge foreman W. L. Cutting is finish- 
ing up the new 50 x 130 feet district shop 
at Statesville. After its completion by 
December 1, he expects to start right in 
on building First Division shops at Hert- 

In addition to the ten established 
division shops, there are 29 district shops 
and 62 subdistrict shops located across 
the State for servicing highway equip- 

Correction does much, but encourage- 
ment does more. Encouragement after 
censure is as the sun after a shower. 


8th Division Offices 
To Move to Aberdeen 

Division headquarters for the Eighth 
Division will ))e relocated in Aberdeen. 
The Commission at its October meeting 
agreed to purchase 2.03 acres in Moore 
County for the building site. The new 
building, similar in design to other divi- 
sion headquarters, will cost about $40,000. 
The land will cost about $4,500. 

At present, Eighth Division headquarters 
are in Asheboro, former headquarters of 
the old Sixth Highway Division. The 
Eighth has no headquarters building now, 
but rents space in an Asheboro building. 

The change should mean more efficient 
operations and will not cause a duplica- 
tion of existing facilities. By transferring 
to Aberdeen into a State-owned building, 
it will save rental money. 

I find that a great part of the infor- 
mation I have was acquired by looking 
up something and finding something else 
on the way. — Franklin P. Adams. 

Lots of folks have a good aim in life. . . 
but most of them don't know when to 
pull the trigger. — The Gilcrafter 

"Know thyself" means this, that you 
get acquainted with what you know, and 
what you can do. 



j}'nt JuM ^teetin^ Wheel 

m just a wheel. A steering wheel. And you're my captain, 
hind me you're the lord and master of a miracle. You can 
ike me take the kids to school. You can turn me down the 
pny road toward town. With me you can guide your goods 
the market place . . . You can rush the sick to be healed . . . 
u can go in minutes to places hours away. You can do magic, 
et, in the blink of an eye, in the tick of your watch, I can 
n deadly killer. I can snuff out the life of a kid still full 
life — maybe your kid. I can twist a smile into tears. I can 
eck and cripple and destroy. I can deal out death like a 
ague. And I'm no respecter of persons. A child, a grand- 
other, even you, my friend . . . it's all the same to me. 
'm sensitive. I respond instantly to the hands you give me. 
ve me calm hands, steady hands, careful hands . . . and I'm 
lur friend. But give me unsteady hands, fuzzy-minded hands, 
ckless hands . . . then I'm your enemy, a menace to the life, 
happiness, the future of every person, every youngster 
ing, walking, playing. 

was made for pleasure and usefulness. Keep me that way. 
m in your hands. I'm just a steering wheel. And you're my 
iptain. Behind me you're the lord and master of a miracle . . . 
a tragedy. It's up to you. 

— From American Oil Company 



One way to be popular is to listen attentively to a lot of 
lings you already know. 

One swallow may not mean a summer — but it can lead to 

About the kickingest bedfellow one can have is a guilty 

There are no excuses for Carelessness. 

Tlicse four men — Robert H. Harrison, W. H. Rhodes, 
Mack Galbreath, and "Major" A. L. Hooper — attended the 
recent SASHO Convention in Asheville. They reminisced 
about the days back in l!)i;J-'14 when they helped build a 
dirt road from Greenlee to Swannanoa Gap in McDowell 
County. They recalled those pre-World War I days before 
the advent of the N. C. State Highway Commission when 
the engineers of the U. S. Bureau of Public Roads actually 
directed roadbuilding projects in the State. 

They remembered that $30,000 had been set up for 
grading this mountain link, a precedessor of old No. 10, of 
the proposed "Central Highway" from Morehead to Murphy. 
J. R. Gibson as contractor graded a 30-foot wide dirt road 
from Greenlee through Old F^'ort to Mill Creek. Honor-grade 
convict labor was used to build from Mill Creek up the 
Mountainside past Andrews Geyser to Swannanoa Gap. Will 
Morson, a i)ioneer roadbuilder who has since retired from 
State service, guided the completion of this mountain road. 

Of the four men above, three are still with the V. S. 
Bureau of Public Roads: Harrison as division engineer out 
of the Chicago office, Galbreath as district engineer of 
Kentucky, and Hooper as district engineer of North Caro- 
lina. Rhodes is a district engineer of the Asphalt Institute. 

Prison Report 

\ew Prison Director W. P. Bailey lines up with liis 
key prison personnel. Bailey, in dark suit and tie on the 
front row, is flanked by his two assistant directors, 
Blaine M. Madison (on the left) who is in charge of 
prisoner rehabilitation, and Robert Allen (on the riglit) 
who is in charge of the prison camps. 

Other top prison officials, and their positions, from left 
to right are: J. M. Harrison, Superintendent of Camp 
Polk; T. F. Savage, Superintendent of Caledonia Prison 
Camp; K. B. Bailey, Warden of Central Prison; I. D. 
Hinton, Superintendent' of Women's Prison; Helen Rhine- 
hart, assistant superintendent of Women's Prison. 

Next are the division prison supervisors, and their 
divisions: J. C. Harris, Thirteenth; Fred Ross, Twelfth; 
C. O. Benfield, Ninth; Madison; S. P. Helms, Tenth; H. B. 

Nichols, Fourth and acting division prison supervisor of 
ihe Fifth; John E. Walker, Twelfth; Bailey; P. E. Malli- 
son. Second; C. B. Wicker, Eighth; J. R. Hooks, Sixth; 
Allen; R. L. Turner, First; J. M. Barnes, Seventh; 
W. H. R. Jackson, Chaplain of Central Prison; Allan 
Whitfield, Third; James Waite, superintendent of Butner 
Vouth Center; Walter Bryan, supervisor of education; 
B. H. Freeman, Fourteenth; J. I). Wilson, supervisor of 
Consolidated Records; J. R. Taylor, Superintendent' of 
the Rockingham County Camp; Fred Grigg, supervisor of 
Recreation; Ed Farrow, supervisor of Classification; Dr. 
John D. Browning, Prison Medical Director (Since re- 
placed); Lee Bounds, Assistant Director of the Institute 
of (iovernnient in Chapel Hill; and LcAvyn Hayes, super- 
intendent of ihe Raleigh Youth Center. 

Prog ress Report on Prisoner Rehabilitation 

Prisons Director W. F. Bailey recently issued a 2 4-page 
report on the Prison Department's rehabilitation and 
training program. 

Through education, moral and religious training, 
recreational activities, applied psychology and psychiatry, 
vocational training and the expanded use of books, movies 
and various educational aids, the report said, the Prison 
Department is helping its inmates become better people. 

The report explains, "We planned our program to in- 
clude something that teaches right from wrong and that 
develops in the prisoners a good set of ethics and the 
proper attitudes. Our program is not designed to produce 
just a machinist, but an honest machinist." 

The report pointed out the following progress: 
Having only honor-grade prisoners at Caledonia Prison 
Farm permits more attention on farming and increasing 
farm production and at the same time, "provides one of 
the greatest opportunities in the Prison Department for 
rehabilitation of Negro men through vocational training 
in agriculture." 

A library and classroom have been built and equipped 
at Caledonia, classes on various educational levels are 
being conducted and recreational facilities are being 

The Davie County prison camp has been classified and 
set up to take care of 4 0 physically handicapped Negro 
felons, relieving other camps of caring for these men. 

The Yadkin County prison camp has been classified for 
white first offenders between 21 and 30 years of age, 
permitting them to be segregated from more hardened 
criminals, and additional rehabilitation activities are 
being arranged for the camp. 

The Raleigh Youth Center has been developed to pro- 
vide for young honor-grade Negro prisoners the same 
type of special training given young white prisoners at 
the Butner Youth Center. 

A program to aid discharged prisoners find jobs and 
to help them get read,justed in free society has been 
worked out with the State Junior Chamber of Commerce. 

At Central Prison, a midweek worship service has been 
added to the moral and religious training program. 

More than 3 0 per cent of the road camps now have 
bookmobile service. At 16 camps, permanent libraries 
have been established, and efforts are being made to 
provide libraries for all 8 7. 

To insure that convicts released from prison have a little 
spending money, the Highway Commission in adopting a 
new code of prison rules and policies will furnish go-home 
money to ail prisoners released, paroled or pardoned, except 
short-termers convicted of misdemeanors. Those who have 
served from two to 15 years will get $15.00; those with more 
than 15 years time will get $25.00. Released prisoners should 
then be able to pay their way until they can rejoin their 
families or find work. 

Sec. 34.66. P.L. & R. 


Raleigh, N. C. 
Permit No. 287 

Shot was made looking east on the Lee Street project. The 
Asheboro Street bridge in the distance goes over the newly- 
completed roadbed. Completion of this project should relieve 
traffic congestion in Greensboro. 

Another ijicture of the Lee Street job in Greensboro shows 
eight-foot sections being poured. This section was the first 
of a 24-foot roadway. Picture was made looking west' on 
Lee Street. Eventually this improvement will tie in with 
US 29 which is being relocated. 

The railroad tracks were put' on a temporary trestle on the 
left while construction was underway for the dual -lane high- 
way underneath. Picture shows the form work for the con- 
crete pier construction which is partially complete. When 
the roadway is finished, the raih-oad will be moved back to 
its original location. R. L. Hickerson is resident engineer 
on this Ivy Street extension in Greensboro. 


A Magazine for employees of the North Carolina State 
Highioay and Public Works Commission 

Published Bi-Monthly By 
Raleigh. N. C. 

Volume IV JANUARY-FEBRUARY, 1954 Number 4 




J. Emmett Winslow, 

Forrest Lockey, 



H. Maynaed Hicks, 

James A. Gray, Jr., 

Snow Hill 


C. Heide Tkask, 

James A. Hardison, 



M. E. Robinson, 

W. Ralph Winklee, 




June F. Scarborough 



C. A. Hasty, 

J. Fleming Snipes, 



J. Van Lindley, 

Harry E. Buchanan, 



W. H. Rogees, Jr., State Highway Engineer 

R. B. Peters, General Counsel 

Division Correspondents 

Shieley Callis, 

Edward C. Darden, 



Jasper L. Phillips, 

R. B. Fitzgerald, 



Irene L. Worley, 

Charles R. Smith, 



Wade Pridgen, 

Cora Lee McLean, 


N. Wilkesboro 

J. W. Jenkins, 

Jean Cline, 



Claea Moran, 

Dan Turner, 



P. L. Welch, 

C. J. Beck, 



Margaret Burk, Editor 

Who is the good worker? It's the person who knows his 
job, follows instruction carefully, is respected by his fellow 
workers, has good judgment, is adaptable to changes, is 
consistent, has a sense of humor, is emotionally stable, is 
loyal, looks before he leaps, has confidence in himself, does 
not fear criticism, and does his work as though the job wer( 
entirely his own. 


This new dual-lane portion of US 1 runs about one and one half 
miles north of Raleigh. The Forest Drive-In Theater and the new multi- 
million-dollar Westinghouse Plant are shown on the right side of the 
road. Employees of the plant should be able to drive in and out of the 
plant with ease. 

One of the hardest-working but least 
heralded groups in the State Highway 
Commission is the legal department. 

Chief Counsel R. Brookes Peters, a 
I former Mayor of Tarboro and a Special 
sAssistant to the U. S. Attorney for the 
Eastern District of North Carolina, in 
Wilmington, heads the highway legal 
department. He is ably assisted by Ken- 
neth Wooten (a. Duke law graduate), 
Lawrence Beltman (a Duke law grad- 
uate), and Willys Hooper (a Wake Forest 
law graduate). Not only do these four 
men handle all legal matters pertaining 
to highway affairs but they are also re- 
sponsible for all the legal work of the 
Prison Department. 

Before 1946, two attoi-neys were em- 
ployed to handle all legal matters for the 
Highway Commission. Since then, dis- 
putes over right-of-way damage and over 
claims arising from accidents with state 
equipment, plus prison cases and prob- 
lems, have grown in such leaps and 
bounds that four lawyers are necessary 
to handle all the law work. 

This busy group takes their vast 
responsibilities seriously, spending many 
after-working hours poring over law 
briefs, gathering information, and study- 
ing past court cases. In their group of 
offices on the second floor of the new 
highway building in Raleigh, they have 
access to a well-stocked law library. 

According to Chief Counsel Peters, 
about 100 law suits over acquisition of 
right-of-way become court cases every 
year. Today's numerous court cases are 
a far cry from the early highway days, 
iiome 30 years ago, when Tar Heels were 
only too glad, even anxious to give their 
land so that a road could go through. 

Since the Commission is a State agency, 
it is vested with the power of "eminent 
domain", the authority to take and devote 
private property for public purposes. This 
means that the State Highway Commis- 
sion has the right to condemn land for 

Highway Lawyers Safeguard 

Commission's Legal Rights 

public highways and for certain other 

Peters explains that the use of the right 
of "eminent domain" is a last-resort 
proceeding. Usually, the Commission, 
through its attorneys and right-of-way 
engineers, tries to reach a fair and equit- 
able financial settlement with property 
owners out of court. 

Settlements are based on the difference 
in the fair market value of the property 
before and after a road goes through. The 
price offered by the Commission is usually 
based on an appraisal of this difference. 
The law recognizes that roads may benefit 
property owners. It says that in all in- 
stances of settling easement claims "the 
general and special benefits shall be 
assessed as offset against damages." 
Should a road devaluate the adjoining 
property, the Commission pays the owner 
the difference in the land value before 
and after the road is completed. 

"When a stalemate develops in negogia- 
tions over a financial settlement for land, 
either the Commission or the dissatis- 
fied property-owner can institute a pro- 
ceeding and request the clerk of the 
Superior Court to appoint an unbiased, 
disinterested group of three "freeholders" 
to make an appraisal of the property. 

An appeal from the ruling of the Clerk 
on the report of the three commissioners 
can be made by either the property-owner 
or the Commission to the Superior Court. 
Then it's up to the Commission's lawyers 
to represent and protect the State's in- 
terests in such cases. 

An unusual case developed recently in 
one of the Piedmont counties. A dissatis- 

fied property-owner refused the settle- 
ment offered by the Commission and took 
his grievances to court, suing the Com- 
mission for $100,000 property damage. 
Final determination of the amount rests 
in the hands of the jury who are under 
instructions from the court as to what 
the law is. In this case, the jury rejected 
the plea for $100,000 property damage 
and found that the benefits from the road 
more than offset any damage. 

Another phase of the legal department's 
activities deals with cases arising from 
accidents with state equipment. Since a 
citizen cannot sue the State except as 
authorized by the General Assembly, the 
1951 Legislature passed a "torts claim" 
law which provides that an individual can 
sue a State agency for claims arising as 
a result of a negligent act of a State em- 
ployee while acting within the scope of 
his employment and without contributory 
negligence on the part of the claimant. 
Such accident claims may only be brought 
before the Industrial Commission, which 
has been constituted by the Legislature 
as a court to hear such claims. Attorney 
Kenneth Wooten handles most of these 
claims against the Commission. 

A brief look into the highway legal 
history reveals that Walter Calioon, of 
Elizabeth City, was the first attorney 
employed by the fledgling Highway Com- 
mission back in 1921. 

In 1925, Charles Ross became Chief 
Counsel for the Commission. His able 
handling of the Commission's legal affairs 
was nationally recognized. He had the 
distinction of having appeared in the 

(Continued on page 4) 


The Coinniission's lawyers di-scuss a point of law. From 
left to right, see Kenneth Wooten, Chief Counsel R. Brookes 
Peters, Willys Hooper, and Lawrence Beltman. 

On the right arc the girls wlio keei> things running 
smoothly in the legal department. From left see Ella Mae 
Sorrell, Barbara Sykes, Virginia Lyon, and Alice Gorham. 




This aerial picture was taken about two miles south of Wake Forest and shows 
the southern end of a 13-niile by-pass which carries US 1 past Wake Forest, 
Youngs ville and Franklinton. 

This newly-opened section of US 1 is typical of what the Commission x^lans to do 
in modernizing the State's primary system. 

The new road fades off in the background. The old road runs off to the right 
through the centers of the three towns. Eventually the by-pass will be made dual- 

John H. Davis of Louisburg was resident engineer on the 15-mile by-pass. 


The Highway Commission plans to con- 
vert narrow and winding US 1 into a 
first class, mainline highway. Worn and 
outmoded sections will be rebuilt, by- 
passes will be run around Henderson and 
Sanford and major improvements will be 
made at Raleigh, between Aberdt>en and 
the Richmond County line and between 
Henderson and the Virginia line. 

The two members of the Highway Com- 
mission through whose areas US 1 travels 
— Fifth Division Commissioner Donnie 
A. Sorrell of Durham and Eighth Divi- 
sion Commissioner Forrest Lockey of 
Aberdeen — said the work would be done 
as rapidly as funds become available. 
They stressed that all the needed improve- 
ments could not be completed at once. 

They described their plans to modernize 
US 1 as a long-range policy and pledged 
joint cooperation in getting work under- 
way. Their goal is to see that US 1, one 


of the State's main north-south routes, 
would be modernized to adequately carry 
heavy, through and local traffic. 

US 1 runs from Virginia through 
Warren, Vance, Franklin, Wake, Lee, 
Moore and Richmond counties into South 
Carolina. Sorrell is responsible for its 
north end. Lockey is in charge of the 
southern part. 

During the past eight years, 76 per cent 
or 114.6 miles of North Carolina's part 
of US 1 have been renovated, but 88 miles 
still remain inadequate for traffic needs. 
The postwar traflBc surge has put a heavy 
burden on the road and rendered many 
sections obsolete. 

Sorrell said that surveys now are being 
made for a I)y-pass around the southeast 
side of Henderson. Instead of running 
through town, the new road would leave 
US 1 in the vicinity of Bear Pond, head 
northeast and rejoin US 1 in the vicinity 


of Greystone Quarry, skirting congested 
mill developments on Henderson's east 

Governor Umstead recently made an 
initial allocation of $500,000 for the Hen 
derson by-pass. At least $1,000,000 more 
will be needed. i 

North of Henderson, US 1 eventually 
will be relocated and sent north to Vir-> 
ginia as a segment of the federal inter-i 
state highway system, joining a segment! 
which comes in from Greensboro by way: 
of Durham and Oxford. To meet federal; 
standards for safety, this section willf 
have a 260-foot right-of-way, separated byj 
grade crossings, limited access, and 
divided lanes. 

South of Henderson, US 1 recently was, 
rerouted to bypass Franklinton, Youngs- 
ville, and Wake Forest. As funds permit, 
this section will be made dual lane. The 
Commission acquired a 200-foot right-of- 
way so that the extra lane might be added 
when needed later. 

At Raleigh, plans are being developed 
for relocating US 1 to cross over US 1-A 
and run under the Seaboard railroad and 
back of the Raleigh Bonded Warehouse to 
connect with the Dawson Street project 
now under construction. 

Lockey said that surveys were being 
made for the Sanford bypass. It will 
carry US 1 around the west side of San- 
ford and eliminate a number of bad curves 
— including Brantley curve, the scene of 
many accidents — south of Sanford. 

Sorrell and Lockey pointed out the 
improvements would take time and 
money. The program will not be com- 
pleted overnight or in one long push. 
However, they assured i-esidents along 
US 1 that they are well aware of their 
traffic problems and that needed improve- 
ments would be made as funds become 

Editorially, the Henderson Dispatch 
said, "Thanks to new highway commis- 
sioners in districts which US 1 traverses 
across the State, that original main artery 
of travel between north and south appears 
to be assuredly on its way back to its 
former eminence as the nation's greatest 
highway. Fortunately, this Henderson 
area stands to benefit tremendously from 
such improvement." 

And later, "US 1 is on its way back to 
preference with travelers and Henderson 
will rise and expand with it if the com- 
munity will only grasp the opportunity 
that lies at its very doorstep." 

To reassure those who feared that plans 
to improve US 1 might mean a diversion 
of the money allocated to US 301, Chair- 
man Graham and Chief Engineer Rogers 
said the Commission has no intention of 
diverting money earmarked for 301 to 
other projects. 


N.C.S.H.E.A. Association News 

Vol. 4 — Edition 1 January, 1954 

("Sandy") GRAHAM— and to Editor 
Margaret Burk — the Association is now 
allowed to have space in each issue of 
ROADWAYS MAGAZINE. This is the first 
such issue for us, and we will issue our 
alternate month. 

OWNED EQUIPMENT — has been dras- 
tically reduced recently. There are many 
arguments pro and con about the merits 
of this transportation, about emergencies, 
etc. Let's admit there have been abuses — 
let's say that we will use State-owned 
equipment only as it should be used — 
the Commission could make more drastic 
changes, if we as employees are not care- 

NEW UNIT OFFICERS— elected follow- 
ing the reorganization plan of the Associ- 
ation to set up new Units according to 
new Highway Divisions: listed in order 
of Unit Chairman, Unit Vice-Chairman, 
Unit Secretary-Treasurer, and in Unit 
order 1 thru 15 (Divisions 1 thru 14. 
with #15 being Raleigh Office, Central 
Prison. Women's Prison, Equipment 
Depot): #1— R. L. Turner, J. R. Felton, 
W. J. Davis; #2— J. G. Gibbs, J. B. 
Cutchin, E. D. Credle; #3— R. A. Ash- 
worth. W. M. Ingram, J. A. Saunders; 
#4— S. F. Holmes, R. W. Dawson, Hersel 
Smith; #5— J. H. Alford, Karl Andries- 
sen, J. M. Webb; #6—0. L. Owen, A. T. 
Right, Mrs. Clara Moran; #7 — Paul 
Mitchell, J. B. Taylor, Robert Canada; 
#8 — Luther Berrier, E. B. Tomlinson, 
Herman Shaw; #9— R. B. Fitzgerald, 
J. H. Mays. S. V. Fulton; #10— T. F. 

Royall, E. M. Finison, A. M. Buchanan; 
#11— J. T. Winkler, J. S. Zimmerman, 
H. E. Koontz; #12— P. J. Corpening, 
J. F. Abernathy, Mrs. Marion Davis; #13 
— G. J. Young, A. W. Rader, S. W. 
Kearney; #14— C. W. Lee, F. K. West- 
wood, C. J. Beck; #15— J. M. Adams, 
Sam Cassel, Miss Florine Boone. A fine 
group of Unit Officers, all loyal employees 
and loyal to the Association for the 
benefits they know have been and can be 
derived therefrom. 

following authority vested in the Presi- 
dent and General Officers, and after care- 
ful consideration of all recommendations 
made by various Unit Chairmen, with 
the understanding that every recommen- 
dation could not be followed due to 
limited number allowable; but, your 
President has tried to recognize all sec- 
tions of the State, and we believe the 
appointments are excellent: 

Personnel — Ivan G. Hardesty, Chairman 
(5); J. F. Abernathy (12); F. K. West- 
wood (14); R. L. Turner (1); Ross 
Richardson (11). 

Retirement — K. R. Scott, Chairman 
(7); E. L. Kemper (12); H. M. Burgin 
(10); R. M. Prevatt (6); H. H. Wesley 

Insurance — J. W. Taylor, Chairman 
(15) ; W. T. Hall (3) ; G. J. Young (13) ; 
J. S. Pope (4) ; P. D. Miller (12). 

Legislative — P. E. Mallison, Chairman 
(2) ; J. G. Hall (8) ; R. B. Fitzgerald (9) ; 
B. S. Connelly (13); Paul Sain (12). 

Credentials-Registration — J. L. Phillips, 
Chairman (2); R. G. Setzer (15); Mrs. 

Ruby Kilby (11); Mrs. Vernice Benton 
(4) ; Miss Annie Askew (2) ; Mrs. Marion 
Davis (12); Mrs. Clara Moran (6); Mrs. 
Sibyl Smith (2). 

Association Netvs — Miss Florine Boone 
(15) ; J. C. Smith (15) ; President Bigger- 
staff as ex-officio. 

Credit Union — J. W. Upton, Chairman 
(6); Paul Welch (7); F. M. Edgerton 

(4) ; F. Dale Graham (15); R. W. Moore 

(5) ; T. F. Royall (10). 

Advisory — Past Presidents Merle T. 
Adkins, J. H. Counclll, Withers Davis. 

Parliamentarian — A. M. Buchanan (10). 

The membership will note that those 
Standing Committees authorized by the 
By-Laws are appointed, plus certain 
Special Committees appointed in the dis- 
cretion of the President and General 
Officers. It has been decided that the 
Advisory Committee is to consist of the 
three immediate Past Presidents, these 
to be called upon for advice and counsel 
at any time, feeling their experience is 
of great value to us. The Credit Union 
Committee is to meet with officials from 
the office of the State Superintendent of 
Credit Unions to delve into possibilities 
of establishment of a Credit Union for 
Association Members, to be State-wide for 
the benefit of our own employee-members 
in matters of financing. A new committee 
has been established as a special group, 
to be known as the Credentials-Registra- 
tion Committee. This group will check 
dues cards of all delegates to Convention, 
will request written authority from the 
Unit Chairman for alternate delegates, and 
(Continued on page 4) 

October 2;j was a red letter day in tlie Seventh Division. 
Districts One and Two held their annual meeting at Camp 
Burton. Tliis was the iir.Nt meeting for the new t'erritory and 
was held for the purpose of awarding service buttons to 
employees in the five counties of the new division. 

Chairman A. H. Graham presented the awards. Talks were 
made by members of the Raleigh staff. More than 700 em- 
ployees were present for the meeting. 

These four m,en received 30 year emblems: W. W. White, 

Second District Engineer; J. M. Morton, Maintenance Super- 
visor of Rockingham County; C. E. McLeod, Maintenance 
Supervisor of Alamance County; and C. \V. Bumey, Sign 

The picture on the left shows L. R. Fisher, new highway 
safety director; Division Engineer Tom Burton; Commis- 
sioner J. Van Lindley; and Chairman Graham. 

On the right, see a few of the folks who lined up for a 
delicious barbecue supper. 




These shots were made of construction on the 12.7 mile 
relocation of US 70 from the junction of NC 61 at Whitsett 
to the junction of US 421 south of Greensboro. 

Work was started in March, 1953. First picture shows the 
falsework for an arch culvert. After the concrete is poured, 
the falsework will be lowered, put on rollers and pulled 
down to the other half of the culvert, put up again on wedges 
and used again. 

.Middle pitturc shows another type of structure, a box 
culvert, on the same project'. 

Third scene shows the completed grading on this stretcli. 

R. L. Hickerson is the resident engineer. F. A. Triplett, 
Inc. holds the structure contract while Boyle Construction 
Company is building the roadway. Total cost of the roadway 
and structures will run close to $700,000 for this 12.7 mile 


(Continued from page 1) 

trial of cases in each of the 100 counties 
of the State. His connection with the 
Commission spanned 20 years. 

In 1937, Ernest Gardner of Shelby was 
retained as a special attorney for the 
Commission in acquiring land for con- 
struction of the Blue Ridge Parkway. He 
assisted in some other claims, mostly in 
the western part of the State. 

George Patton, of Franklin, was em- 
ployed for a one-year term in 1945 until 
a permanent attorney could be hired. 
Since that time, Patton has been serving 
as a Special Judge of the Superior Court. 

In September, 1946, R. Brookes Peters 
became Chief Counsel. A graduate of the 
Rocky Mount Law School, where he 
studied under the late Judge George P. 
Pell, Peters was a practicing attorney in 
Tarboro for 12 years. Just prior to head- 
ing the Commission's legal staff, he was 
a Special Assistant to the U. S. Attorney 
for the Eastern District of North Caro- 
lina. Peters was Mayor of Tarboro for 
four years, 1937-41. 

Since joining the Commission, Peters 
has twice appeared before the highest 
legal court in the land — the United States 
Supreme Court. He represented the Com- 
mission in the case of BROWN vs. ALLEN 
(a proceeding against the warden of 
Central Prison to stay an execution). He 
argued the case before the Supreme Court 
and in its decision the Court sustained the 
Commission's position. 

In 1948, Kenneth Wooten was added to 
the legal staff. His specialities are knotty 
property condemnation cases and accident 
cases involving state equipment. 

E. 0. Brogden served three years as a 
highway lawyer before being recalled to 

Navy service in 1951. He is now on mili- 
tary leave. 

In 1951, Larry Beltman was employed. 
His main legal forte is dealing with 
prison problems and cases. Such cases 
have grown to such proportions in recent 
years that he spends 90 per cent of his 
time unsnarling prison cases. 

Since 1952 Willys Hooper has been 
spending the majority of his time and 
talent on accident and damage suits 
against the Commission. 

Daily the legal staff must study and 
interpret highway laws in relation to 
each specific case. They must call on 
their wealth of legal knowledge and 
experience to capably present the Com- 
mission's side of any legal controversy. 

In all their law work, which calls for 
a high degree of accuracy and attention 
to details, the highway lawyers count 
heavily on the services of four efficient 
secretaries. Virginia Lyon is secretary to 
Chief Counsel Peters; Barbara Sykes to 
Kenneth Wooten; Ella Mae Sorrell to 
Larry Beltman; and Alice Gorham to 
Willys Hooper. 


(Continued from page 3) 

in general be responsible for certifying 
that all delegates are properly authorized. 
The ladies will attend to registration of 
the delegates, and will have whatever 
assistance they deem necessary. This is 
a most important function, and it is felt 
that some confusion will be avoided by 
the work of this Special Committee. 
Proper instructions will be forwarded to 
all Unit Chairmen prior to Convention as 
to how their delegates shall be named, 
how authority is to be granted any Alter- 
nate Delegate, and to the individual 
advising him or her that a current dues 

card must be presented upon registration. 

We look forward to a very interesting 
year, one that we feel will produce excel 
lent results. The work of these Commit 
tees, looking after matters of Personnel,' 
Retirement, Insurance, etc. will mean' 
much to the welfare of the Association 
and its membership. 

By the time you read this, the Christ- 
mas Season will have passed — I trust that 
each and every person thoroughly enjoyed j 
the Holidays, and to each of you I am 

Otis Banks, Executive Secretary^ 

P.S. Speaking of retirement — if you'll' 
work hard and save your money, when' 
you are 65 years of age you can retire 
and have the things that only the young 
people can enjoy! 


Upham to Design Good 
Road System for Egypt 

A former chief engineer of the State 
Highway Commission, Charles M. 
Upham, flew to Egypt to determine 
ways and means of constructing a 
modern highway system in that country. 

The project, which will include a 
highway across difficult desert terrain, 
is a part of the Point Four program for 
the area. Upham has been retained by 
Arthur D. Little, Inc., which has the 
project under contract. Upham was 
chief highway engineer during the early 
twenties. Frank Page was chairman. 
Together they directed the building of 
many of North Carolina's early good 

Upham was executive secretary of the 
American Road Builders Association for 
many years. He gained an international 
reputation as a roads expert. 




Umstead Youth Center Dedicated in Formal Ceremonies 

J A novel experiment in prison admin- 
I stration was capped in formal ceremonies 
I edicating the Butner Yonth Center as 
1 be "Umstead Youth Center", November 

I 5. 

)| From a simple beginning back in 
3 )ctober, 1949, when the Center, consisting 

f several old Army barracks at Camp 
'W Jutner converted into living quarters for 

0 boys, was opened, it has grown into 
rli, , thriving community with accommoda- 
tl, ions for 100 young men. 
on The Center, first of its kind in the 
ayitate, was set up jointly by the Prisons 
ilf )epartment and the State Hospital Board 

•f Controls to care for youthful, white law 

iffenders between the ages of 15 and 25. 

.■"he median age is 19-20 years. 
Proof of its phenomenal success in 


J traightening out youthful first offenders 
; s its low rate of returnees. It is estimated 
J hat no more than seven per cent have 

lince tangled with the law and been 

eturned to prison. 
Appropriately enough, the Youth Center 

vas dedicated the "Umstead Youth 

Center" in honor of State Representative 
^ Tohn W. Umstead who was instrumental 

,n pushing legislation to set up the 
P >nter. 

The Rev. Sam Harness, pastor of the 
'""uller Memorial Presbyterian Church 

II started the dedication ceremonies with 
in invocation before luncheon for the 200 

^ )r more assembled guests. After lunch in 
^ he big gymnasium which was built by 
' he Army and since turned over to the 
Center, the crowd adjourned to the dedica- 
ion site on the tennis courts where a 
platform had been set up for the distin- 
guished guests. Among the guests were 
several "graduates" of the Center who 
•eturned for the dedication ceremonies. 
Since their release from the Center, they 
' lave been leading busy, useful lives in 
the workaday world. 

President Henry S. Lougee of the 
Durham Civitan Club welcomed the 
;uests. Mr. Tyree Woods, chairman of 
:he Umstead Youth Center Committee 
introduced the special guests. Dr. William 
McGehee, chairman of the Prison Ad- 
visory Council; State Representative John 
Umstead, Chairman of State Hospital 
Board of Controls; Dr. Ellen Winston. 
Commissioner of the State Board of 
Public Welfare; and Blaine M. Madison, 
assistant director of Prisons in charge 
of rehabilitation and training; spoke to 
the group. Governor William B. Umstead 
delivered the principal address. He com- 
mended his brother, John Umstead, for 
his zealous work for years in bettering 
institutions and schools throughout the 
State. Mr. Lougee presented the United 

States Flag to Superintendent James 
Waite. The VFW Color Guard of Durham 
raised the flag. 

After years as a counselor with the 
Domestic Relations Court in Raleigh, 
James Waite was offered the position of 
heading up the new Youth Center. With 
no precedent to follow, no similar prison 
establishment to study, Waite through 
trial and error has slowly evolved a work- 
ing organization for the Center. He has 
gathered an inspired group of men to 
help him in ministering to the boys. The 
assistant superintendent is Robert Jones. 
The rehabilitation and guidance staff 
consists of Lawrence Kincaid in charge 
of recreation and athletics; William Smith 
deals with administration; Albert Wad- 
ford, in charge of maintenance of build- 
ings and grounds; Alfred Wilson, Jr., in 
charge of religious instruction and 
property supervisor; Dr. John W.Wagner, 
medical officer; William C. Thompson, 
director of eduction; and Robert G. 
Kellogg who is in charge of classification. 
Mrs. Christine Williams is secretary. 

Second Chance 

The Youth Center affords the young, 
white first law-offender a second chance 
as well as an opportunity to find himself. 
Waite and his staff of counselors strive 
to instill in the boys an affectionate re- 
spect not only for them but for others 
in the community. The staff realizes the 
basic desire in most people to feel ap- 
proved by their fellow human beings so 
they help the boys to want to be approved. 

The boys come to the Center with 
sentences from one year through life for 
crimes ranging from misdemeanors 
through felonies. Upon arrival, a new 
prisoner is assigned two "big brothers", 
boys who are already acclimated to life 
at the Center, who show him around and 
familiarize him with the rules and regu- 
lations. The new arrival is given mental 
and personality tests and then assigned 
work on the Butner farms. Regular pro- 
gress reports are kept on each boy. Indi- 
vidual counselling by the staff members 
is stressed. Regularly the counselors meet 
and review progress of each boy. 

Honor System 

A demerit system similar to the rules of 
any boys' school is used. Infractions of 
these established rules of conduct mean 
a loss of privileges for the offender. A 
serious infraction of rules can mean ship- 
ment of the boy to a road camp. Although 
there are no bars or fences, each boy 
soon learns that should he escape there 
is no return to the Center for him. 

Since the Butner Youth Center is 
jointly controlled by the Prison Depart- 
ment and the State Hospital Board of 
Controls, the boys are assigned in teams 
under a hospital foreman to work on the 
Butner farms, at the water purification 
plant, in the boiler room. They also help 
the carpenters and electricians to keep 
the Butner community with its own water 
system, police and fire departments, in 

During World War II, the Government 
bought up 30,000 acres and established 
Camp Butner, one of the largest military 
hospitals in the country. 

Since that historic day back in 1949 
when the Center was opened, an expan- 
sion program has seen the construction 
of a compact administration building with 
staff offices, a small dispensary and a 
clothing supply office where each boy is 
assigned clean fatigues every day. Back 
of the administration building and con- 
nected by a covered walkway are two one- 
story dormitories with accommodations 
for 50 boys in each. The boys eat in a 
clean dining hall. 

Still abuilding is the new recreation 
building where leatherwork and carpentry 
will be taught. There'll be a canteen, 
pool tables, ping-pong tables, barbershop 
and a darkroom for the camera enthu- 

Chapel to be built 

The last building to be built will be 
the religious and education building. 
Soon the boys will have a chapel of their 
own. Instead of attending Sunday School 
and Church at churches in nearby towns, 
the boys will be able to hold their services 
right at the Center. There'll be a library 
and classrooms in this building. 

Twice a week classes are held at night. 
Instruction ranges from illiteracy classes 
through the 12th grade in high school. 
Waite and his counselors hold open 
forums on topics ranging from patriotism, 
narcotics, citizenship, new changes in 
prison policy, American heritage through 
alcoholism. Importance of these discus- 
sions is to guide the boys into a new sense 
of values and to remold their attitudes. 
Some nights, visual aid films (borrowed 
from the University of North Carolina 
library) are shown. 

Sports play an important part in teach- 
ing the boys teamwork and sportsman- 
ship. The Center has its own baseball, 
touch football, and basketball teams 
which play outside teams in the Butner 
area. The boys have a hill billy band 
which plays on occasion for civic groups. 




Dunn Protest Heard 

The three State Highway Commis- 
sioners — Forrest Lockey of the Eighth, 
C. Heide Trask of the Third, and H. 
Maynard Hicks of the Second — assign- 
ed by Chairman Graham to hear protests 
to plans for routing US 301 past Dunn 
voted after a hearing in Lillington, 
November 20, to let the plans stand un- 

Harnett County residents, business- 
men and county and town officials at- 
tended the hearing. Tourist court opera- 
tors claimed the proposed relocation of 
US 301 to by-pass Dunn would hurt 

Chief Counsel R. Brookes Peters ex- 
plained that the law gives local govern- 
ment boards affected by highway 
changes the right to file formal protests 
within 30 days after a map showing 
the proposed changes is posted. If no 
protests develop, the plans go into effect. 
When there are protests, then the High- 
way Commission holds a public hearing. 

The Dunn by-pass, part of a master 
plan for rebuilding US 301 across the 
State, was worked out in line with re- 
quirements established by the U. S. 
Bureau of Public Roads. US 301 has 
been designated by the Federal agency 
as part of the inter-regional highway 
system which requires broad 2 60-foot 
rights-of-way, divided lane pavements, 
separated grade crossings, service roads 
and limited access restrictions. 

Chief Engineer W. H. Rogers, Jr., 
told the Lillington hearing the federal 
government wants the inter-regional 
highways started immediately. It has 
asked that they be given top priority 
over all other highway construction. 
The standards are so high that inter- 
regional highways cannot be run easily 
through towns. This is why the Com- 
mission must by-pass Dunn and other 
towns along US 301. 

Rogers said 301 will eventually re- 
semble one of the newer toll turnpikes. 
The two main traffic lanes will sep- 
arated. Turn-offs will be limited, and 
trafiic will be able to leave and enter 
the road only at designated points. This 
must be done to handle the through 
traffic inter-regional roads must handle. 
Safety is another important factor. 

When the work is finished, US 301 
will run to the east of Kenly, Micro, 
Selma, Smithfield, Four Oaks, Benson 
and Dunn. The Dunn by-pass will leave 
present highway south of Dunn and 
lead past town to the Johnston County 
line at Mingo Creek. It will join another 

The assistant chief diaftsman in the 
roadway design department is Raymond 
McGowan. Among the recent major 
projects he has designed are the Old 
Fort'-Ridgecrest road, Lee Street and 
Ivy Street work in Greensboro, Western 
Boulevard and the Dawson Street work 
in Raleigh. His main job is to check the 
finished roadway plans. 

After graduation from Clemson with 
a civil engineering degree, "Mac" work- 
ed four years with the South Carolina 
Highway Department. He has been with 
the N. C. Highway Commission in road- 
way design for 16 years. During World 
War H, he spent' four years as a plant 
engineer for the Newport News Ship- 
building and Drydock Company in 
Norfolk, Va. 

His wife is the former Mildred Butts 
of Lillington. They live at 3301 Georgian 
Terrace in Raleigh. 

road project which is now in the plan- 
ning stage and be carried north. 

Lockey was chairman of the hearing 
panel The hearing was handled so tact- 
fully by the three commissioners and the 
engineering staff that no further com- 
plaint has been made by the Harnett 
County Commission. 

C. A. Hasty, Commissioner of the 
Sixth, sat in on the hearing with L. E. 
Whitfield, division engineer, and J. W. 
Spruill, assistant division engineer. 

Policy Clarified 

Chairman Graham recently clarified 
the Commission's policy in regard to 
building access roads to industrial 
plants. He said the policy for road build- 
ing is no different for new industry then 
for established plants. 

North Carolina, he explained, has 
many good plant sites along side roads 
already built, but if a manufacturer 
wants to go off into a remote section 
without access roads for some reason, 

such as reaching a water supply, the 
State will provide a rock road during 
construction. 1 

Then when the plant has become a 
"citizen" of North Carolina and has 
workers wanting to move to and from 
the plant, with developing transporta-l 
tion needs, the Commission will provide 
whatever type of road is justified. 

The older, established plants have the! 
same approach to the State and will be 
treated as new plants. They have noli 
been requesting access roads because 
they largely have the roads they need. 

Grading Completed 

The grading and structures on the 11.8: 
mile relocation of US 29 and 70 betweer 
Groometown and Thomasville was com 
pleted in November. 

Total cost of the "largest grading jol 
ever let in the Piedmont" was set at 
$2,004,694. Kiker and Yount, Inc., ol 
Reidsville did the grading which cost 
$489,433. Contracts for the structures were 
let in two segments. John H. Brinkley ol 
Thomasville and W. F. Brinkley of Granite 
Quarry built the bridges, underpasses and 
culverts for a total cost of $864,836. I 

Right-of-way cost $515,000 for the proji 
posed 24-foot dual lanes with a 30-foot 
grass plot between. A ten per cent fee fori 
engineering and contingencies of $135,425i 
pushed the total grading project above 

Unusual features of the project are the 
260-foot right-of-way, the even greater i 
width at intersections, and the limited 
access to the highway. These high engi 
neering standards conform with the re 
quirements of the U. S. Bureau of Roads.; 

According to Division Engineer T. A. 
Burton, the grading project involved the 
moving of 1,600,000 cubic yards of earth.'. 
Because of the uneven terrain, highway 
fills were as deep as 94 feet and cuts 
were up to 110 feet. 

No provision has been made as yet for 
paving the section from Groometown to 
the northwest edge of Randolph County, 
three miles east of Thomasville. It has 
been estimated that the paving would cost 
at least $5,500,000. ' 

The grading contract on the gap be- 
tween Groometown and US 421, south of 
Greensboro, will be let soon. 

Grading is rapidly nearing completion 
on the proposed section of US 70 between^ 
US 421 and a point just east of Efland.l 
The stretch from Efland to the western 
end of the Groometown segment will be 
55 miles long. 

Just east of US 421 and south of Greens- 
boro, the project will take US 29 north' 
and connect with Greensboro East Lee 
Street — Ivy Street project which will go 
through ORD to reach US 29. 






Division Correspondent 

CONSTRUCTION has just started on 
the new division equipment shop on US 
17 near Hertford. 

HIGHWAY men in the First have been 
spending all their spa're time hunting 
ducks and geese ... So far, luck has been 
with them. 

OUR SYMPATHY to L. R. Jennings and 
his family in the recent death of Mr. 
Jenniny's father. 

CARLTON BAUER of the Equipment 
Department has recently been made a 
director of the Elizabeth City Kiwanis 
Club . . . We know he will do a good job. 

THREE new babies have arrived in the 
First recently . . . Mr. and Mrs. Leslie 
Lane have a new little girl; Mr. Lane is 
a shovel operator in District One . . . Mr. 

Little Susan Wooten came calling on 
her daddy, Konnetli Wooten of the higli- 
way legal staff. Her mother, Dr. Jane 
Herring Wooten, recently brought her 
up to the Raleigh highway building for 
a visit. 

and Mrs. Miles Sijain announce the birth 
of a baby son . . . And section foreman 
E. H. and Mrs. Hill of Como are pleased 
over the birth of a daughter at the Louise 
Obici Memorial Hospital, September 25. 

SEVERAL folks have been ailing . . . 
H. P. King was out sick, but he is 
improving at his home in Roduco . . . 
Mrs. W. W. Wheeler, wife of the main- 
tenance supervisor, has returned to her 
home in Conway after a few months stay 
in the East Carolina Sanitorium at Wilson 
. . . E. R. White, section foreman of Cole- 
rain, is confined to his home after a recent 
accident . . . These good people have 
returned to their respective homes after 
being patients at the Roanoke-Chowan 
Hospital in Ahoskie: Section foreman 
J. L. Collier of Murfreesboro, truck driver 
R. F. Livervian of Ahoskie, Mrs. Elva 
Harris (wife of truck driver J. C. Hai-ris), 
Mrs. Josephine B. Askew (wife of section 
foreman W. B. Askeiv), and Mrs. Mary G. 
Sumner (wife of gang foreman G. W. 
Sumner) . . . Rudolph Hill, machine 
operator, has returned to work after a 
stay in the Bertie County Memorial Hos- 
pital in Windsor. 


Division Correspondent 

Jasper L. Phillips is rapidly proving his 
ability in another field ... In October, 
he delivered the Sunday morning sermon, 
in the absence of the pastor, at the Snow 
Hill Methodist Church . . . Then in 
November, he filled the pulpit in his own 
church, the Queen Street Methodist 
Church, in Kinston. while his pastor was 
away at conference. 

MR. AND MRS. E. G. Woolard announce 
the birth of a son, David Wayne, 
November 21. 

MR. AND MRS. L. M. Gurkin's baby 
son, who was born in October, was 
recently hospitalized for a few days. 

L. F. WATERS and E. D. Credle return- 
ed empty-handed from an Armistice Day 
hunt in Hyde County. 

VACATIONS . . . Mrs. Carl Ahee, Jr., 
recently spent several days in Norfolk 
visiting relatives . . . Mr. and Mrs. J. L. 
Brilcy and friends recently motored to 
Conneticut and stopped in Baltimore and 
Long Island to visit friends . . . Other 
vacationists were: 8. V. Catlett, D. R. 
Ellis, F. L. Joyner, Julius Joyner, L. W. 
Rowe, W. E. Smith, and /. E. Stowe. 

THELMA EXUM, secretary to the 
division engineer, has returned from 
Washington, D. C, where she visited her 
sister who has been critically ill for some 

Last spring a 30 x 40 feet extension 
was added to the d i s tr i c t shop at 
Andrews. Completion of the new con- 
crete block store room makes the total 
floor space 10 .x 40 feet. Highway equip- 
ment from Cherokee, Clay, Graham, 
Macon, Swain, and Jackson counties is 
serviced here. L. B. Womack is the dis- 
trict mechanic. 




The Durham County Highway Employees recently enjoy- 
ed a Ladies Night at the Durham Police Club on Lake 
Michle. Division engineer and Mrs. H. D. Irving along with 
Mr. and Mrs. M. T. Adkins attended. Kirk Duncan %vas chief 
cook on the barbecue and brunswick stew. Square dancing 
finished up the evening. From left to right see, Kirk Duncan, 

Charlie King, Fred Luxton, and 15. C. Hudson ladling oul 
the barbecue. In the next picture from left, are Mrs. Lillie 
Sparrow, John Monk Webb, Mi-s. Neda Branch, and Henrj 
Alford. Square dancing are Mrs. Mattie Hall, C. W. CrisS' 
man, Mrs. Robert Chandler, and Walter Mangum. 
Everyone enjoyed the dinner and evening. 

IT'S GOOD to see R. E. Smith back on 
the job after being hospitalized for a 
sinus operation . . . Nice to have Anne 
Askeio back at work after being out with 
a severe cold . . . R. G. Gregory of the 
Right-of-Way Department underwent an 
appendectomy, November 24, and is doing 
fine . . . Mrs. W. G. Peed is convalescing 
at home after a two-week hospital stay 
. . . Others on the sick list include: L. C. 
Bunch, Jr., W. P. Jenkins, Leroy Parsons, 
and R. M. Spear. 

S/SGT. GORDON GIBBS, son of J. G. 
Gibbs (senior Right-of-Way Engineer) 
arrived home from Okinawa just in time 
to eat Thanksgiving dinner with his 
family . . . Gordon is home until January 5. 

H. H. WESLEY and C. W. Snell, Jr., 
attended the Notre Dame-Carolina foot- 
ball game in Chapel Hill, November 14. 

WE ARE SORRY to learn of the death 
of C. C. Carawan, brother of Cleatus M. 

MRS. ROOKIE WALKER was honored 
November 23, by a stork shower . . . She 
received many beautiful and useful gifts 
for the little stranger expected in January. 


Division Correspondent 

SECTION foreman H. B. Gaddy retired 
on disability, September 1. 

RESIDENT Engineer W. C. Cooper 
enjoyed a restful vacation of a few days 
enjoying his new television set. 

family spent Thanksgiving week with re- 
latives in Florida . . . They took their time 
and saw the sights along the way . . . She 
took two nieces and a nephew with her and 
they really enjoyed the trip. 

MR. AND MRS. T. T. Carroll announce 
the marriage of their daughter, Bett, 
December 19 . . . Bett was married in the 
Presbyterian Church of Clinton. 

C. C. WOOD is convalescing at home 
after a recent stay in the hospital with 
a back injury. 

RIGHT - OF - WAY engineer A. Z. 
Williams was out sick for several days. 

A. J. PATTERSON of Kenansville is 
all smiles since the recent birth of a new 
daughter, Andrea. 

.HE NCSHEA had several important 
meetings in October ... On the ninth, 
the Sampson County employees entertain- 
ed their wives and out of town guests at 
a barbecue supper ... On the 30th, the 
Duplin County employees treated their 
wives and out of town guests to a barbecue 
supper also. 

OUR SYMPATHY to the family and 
friends of J. C. Adams, Sr., who died of 
a heart attack on Thanksgiving afternoon 
. . . Mr. Adams, a Highway Inspector III, 
lived in Clinton . . . And to G. 8. Simmons 
in the loss of his father, October 12. 

Retired foreman W. H. Hamilton gave 
many good years of service to the Com- 
mission. He's proud of his son, Boyd 
Hamilton, who is Division Equipment 
Superintendent of the Fourteenth. 



Division Correspondent 

-'ONGRATULATIONS to George Sakas 
on his recent engagement to Kate Polier 
of Raleigh . . . Mr. Sakas is an engineering! 
aide with Location. 

DAVE HANCOCK of the Location De 
partment has an unusual hobby . . . While 
listening to the radio, he shells pecans 
. . . Last year, Dave estimates he shelled 
at least 100 quarts. 

George Brinkley, division mechanic, who 
made "Who's Who in American Colleges 
at Atlantic Christian College. 


Division Correspondent 


.HE GRANVILLE County chapter of 
the NCSHEA had Ladies Night, Novembei 
20, at the Oxford Grade School gym . . 
Barbecue and brunswick stew were served 
. . . Many of the highway wives and 
children attended . . . Visitors included 
M. T. Adkins, J. H. Alford, C. W. Criss- 
man, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Sloan, and Mr. 
and Mrs. Kirk Duncan . . . Roy Beard 
was on the sick list so he and his wife 
could not be present . . . Everyone had 
a good time. 

OUR DEEPEST sympathy to Foreman 
Elvin Lumpkin in the death of his mother 
... To Grover C. Ellis in the death of his 
father, November 14 ... To the family of 
Bryan Tilly, a temporary truck driver who 
died from a heart attack, November 20, 
on his way home from work . . . And to 
Section foreman and Mrs. L. T. Shearin 
in the recent death of their son and only 

THE WELCOME mat is out for the new 




Durham County prison supervisor, M. 8. 

THE SICK LIST . . . Maintenance 
supervisor Kyle Jones was confined to his 
home with flu . . . Roy Beard and M. 0. 
(M. G. O.) J. R. Blackivell have been sick 
at home . . . A. C. Collier, motor grader 
operator, suffered a hemorrhage and was 
sent to Warren General Hospital . . . And 
F. W. Aycock. section foreman, is conva- 
lescing at home from a recent operation 
at Parkview Hospital in Rocky Mount. 

parents . . . Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Ayscue 
announce the birth of a son, November 18 
. . . Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Stevenson have a 
daughter who was born November 6 . . . 
And Henry R. Hicks is the father of a 
little baby boy who was born November 
27 . . . Ayscue is a gang foreman; Steven- 
son, a section foreman helper; and Hicks 
is a pan operator. 

AFTER RECENT operations, C. M. 
Harris, (M. G. 0.) and H. B. Tilly, gang 
subforeman, are both back on the job 

RECENT vacationists include Sam H. 
Averette, J. R. Blackivell, E. B. Critcher, 
H. L. Henley. L. L. Reece, and W. R. 
Rutledge . . . Prom all reports, they had 
good vacations. 


Division Correspondent' 

Cumberland County Prison Camp 
has a new camp mascot, an old gray mule 
. . . Dogs are his pet peeves; if a hound 
happens to get inside the camp fence, the 
old mule chases them out on the double 
, . . When the mule gets locked outside the 
camp, all he does is rattle the gate and 
someone turns him in . . . Right smart 
critter, even if he is a mule. 

Little Donald Ellis Whitmire was only 
four months old when this picture was 
made. He's the son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Howard Whitmire of Brevard. His dad 
is a foreman in Transylvania County. 

THE TOWN of Red Springs gave a fish 
fry at the high school, November 18, 
honoring the highway employees who 
worked on their city streets . . . About 25 
highway folks were present . . . Commis- 
sioner C. A. Hasty was a special guest . . . 
It was a most enjoyable affair. 

OUR SYMPATHY to J. L. Memory. 
Bladen County section foreman, in the 
recent death of his brother . . . And to 
Charlie Powers, section foreman in Robe- 
son, in the death of his wife on Thanks- 
giving Day. 

DONALD L. COOPER of the Fayette- 
ville Construction Department was recent- 
ly married to Olive Brown of Stedman . . . 
They are making their home in Stedman 
. . . We wish them much happiness. 

FOOTBALL FANS . . . Charles Land of 
Construction went all the way to Atlanta 
to attend the Duke-Georgia Tech game . . . 
Supervisor Roy McKeithnn and his wife 
made a trip through the snow to see the 
Duke-Navy game in Baltimore; it only 
rained all the way to Atlanta for the 
Duke-Tech game. 

DICK PREVATT has moved his family 
into a fine new home at Pine Crest Circle, 
near the Lumberton Country Club. 

RAY THORNE visited the division office 
and Construction Department over the 
Thanksgiving holidays . . . Ray, a State 
College senior, formerly worked as an 
engineer in Construction. 

GUARD Radford Fann of the Cumber- 
land County camp is sporting a recent 
purchase, a shiny 1953 Ford . . . We know 
he will receive much pleasure from his 
new car. 

THE SICK LIST . . . Inspector J. 0. 
Brown is now out of the hospital and 
recuperating at his home in Whiteville 
. . . He was working temporarily in 
Fayetteville prior to his illness . . . H. H. 
Ward, Bladen County maintenance, was 
out a few days due to an illness in his 
wife's family . . . M. C. Page, Bladen 
County section foreman, returned to work 
after an operation and six weeks absence 
. . . We hope all these highway folks are 
well on the road to recovery. 

THE MAINTENANCE employees of 
Bladen County and their wives enjoyed a 
delicious barbecue supper on Friday night. 
October 30. 

ALONZO PETERS, superintendent of 
Bladen County prison camp, recently 
retired after 12 years service . . . Mr. 
Peters suffered a stroke 18 months ago 
and had been unable to work since . . . 
He will live with his son in Dunn . . . 
D. T. Clark, formerly a steward, has been 
appointed the new superintendent. 

LATE VACATIONS . . . Bill White took 
his family to spend Thanksgiving week 
with his wife's people in Rocky Point . . . 
Bill is in Road Oil . . . Bridge supervisor 

"Tony" Vazzana, on the left, is quite 
an artist with a piano keyboard in front 
of him. He was recently married to 
Alma Moore, secretary in the Fourth 
Division office. Resident engineer Frank 
Martin, on the right', now has offices 
in Rocky Mount. 

Guy W. Moore, camp supervisor Robert 
Hooks, office engineer Stephen F. Ammons, 
and secretary Jackie Russ have all taken a 
few days off this winter . . . Division shop 
mechanic J. M. Arthur drove his family 
to Gainesville, Florida, to see the new 
grandson, Eric Arthur Jones . . . Mrs. 
Jones is the former Betty Sue Arthur who 
worked in the division equipment office 
before her marriage . . . Another division 
shop mechanic, J. L. Stephens, took his 
wife to visit relatives on the east coast 
of Florida in November . . . And the J. L. 
Thaggards vacationed in Florida for a 
week . . . Mr. Thaggard is prison camp 
superintendent in Fayetteville. 

department in Fayetteville, and Mrs. 
Humphrey spent a week recently in Pitts- 
burgh visiting his sister . . . They travelled 
on the N. C. Parkway and the Pennsyl- 
vania Turnpike ... On the way back, they 
stopped over in Washington, D. C, for 
two days. 


Division Correspondent 


1 HE MEN of the Construction Depart- 
ment recently gave a party at Logan's 
Cabin . . . The wives were special guests. 

CARL WEBSTER and Williard Perry. 
both Construction men, spent their 
Thanksgiving holiday bird hunting . . . 
Mr. Wchster hunted near Dunn while Mr. 
Perry went to Burgaw. 

MR. AND MRS. J. B. Taylor are mighty 
pleased with their new brick home on the 
Chapel Hill-Greensboro Road . . . They 
just recently moved in and are still getting 




Mrs. James W. Edwards, bett'er 
known as "Dot", is the new stenogra- 
pher clerk in the district office in Wash- 
ington. She replaces Mrs. Peggy Walker 
who resigned December 4. 

Dot started to work with District 
Engineer H. H. Wesley back in October. 
The District is proud to have Dot with 
them and hopes she will enjoy her work. 

After graduation from the Charles L. 
Coon High School in Wilson and Hard- 
bargers Business College in Raleigh, 
Dot' was employed by the Carolina 
Power and Light Company and then by 
the N. C. Employment Security Com- 
mission in Raleigh. 

Dot, her husband who graduated from 
State in June, and their two-year old 
son moved to Washington in July. Her 
husband is the Assistant County Agent. 

settled . . . Mr. Taylor is road maintenance 
supervisor in the First District. 

WE ARE glad to see Ira, 0. Cooke, 
mechanic foreman in the First District, 
back at work after an operation at the 
Alamance County Hospital. 

OUR SYMPATHY to Kenny D. Reagan 
of Caswell County in the death of his 
father . . . To H. D. Wannaniakcr in the 
death of his mother-in-law in St. 
Matthews, South Carolina . . . To C D. 
Brittain in the death of his mother-in-law 
near Florence, South Carolina . . . And to 
Harvey Blackwell in the death of his 
father who was in Duke Hospital. 

DISTRICT engineer L. H. Gunter 
recently spent a few days visiting in New 

MEMBERS of the Caswell County 
chapter of the NCSHEA recently had a 

NOVEMBER 25, a meeting of the 
district engineers and maintenance super- 
visors was held in the Seventh Division 
office ... A lengthy discussion was held 
on right-of-way, roadside development, 
landscape work, and personnel . . . Among 
those present were Division Engineer 
T. A. Burton, Commissioner J. Van Lind- 

ley. Assistant Division Engineer P. L. 
Welch, District One Engineer L. H. Gun- 
ter, Maintenance Supervisor C. E. McLeod, 
Maintenance Supervisor Clarence Walters. 
Construction Foreman J. B. Taylor, Main- 
tenance Supervisor J. G. Royals . . . Dis- 
trict Two was represented by District 
Engineer W. W. White, Maintenance 
Supervisor R. 8. Thomas, Maintenance 
Supervisor ^. M. Morton, Construction 
Superintendent J. I. Lynch, Jr., Sign 
Supervisor L. H. Wilson, Road Oil Super- 
visor J. M. Hough, Right-of-Way Engineer 
C. 8. Hartsock, Junior Right-of-Way Engi- 
neer Jack Bowman, Prison Supervisor 
J. M. Barnes, and Bridge Maintenance 
Supervisor K. R. Scott . . . The Raleigh 
office sent Landscape Engineer F. H. 
Brant, Principal Right-of-Way Engineer 
T. B. Wilson, Highway Personnel Director 
Earl Crump, and D. F. Worley of the 
Bureau of Public Roads . . . Another 
meeting will be held soon to discuss other 
phases of highway administration. 

IT'S GOOD to see D. B. Thomas. 
Division Mechanic, back at work after a 
recent illness. 

STENOGRAPHER Elizabeth K. Wyatt 
of the Right-of-Way Department recently 
visited her sisters, Mrs. E. Raymond 
Nugent and Mrs. S. D. Nunnaly of Peters- 
burg, Virginia . . . While there, Mrs. 
Wyatt attended the 50th wedding anni- 
versary of her aunt and uncle, Mr. and 
Mrs. J. B. Clarke of Alberta ... A recep- 
tion was held in the Brunswick County 
Country Club. 


Division Correspondent' 

James GREGSON, popular high school 
student and son of a highway employee, 
was made Junior Kiwanian of the month 
in Asheboro. 

L. M. MITCHELL just moved his 
family into a new home in Asheboro. 

CHARLIE BURGESS is the new stock 
clerk in the division shop. 

FOUR MEN from the Eighth have 
recently been hospitalized for operations 
. . . Roy Baker was in a Rock Hill, South 
Carolina hospital; Locating party chief 
C. R. Dodson was in the Lee County hos- 
pital; Fred Beck, Engineer III, was in 
Moore County hospital; and Harold 
McMillan was confined to the Scotland 
County hospital. 

JOAN RICHARDSON, stenographer 
clerk in the division office, resigned 
December 1, to accept similar work with 
Carolina Power and Light Company in 

DISTRICT Mechanic W. P. Tatum's 
daughter, Ruth, was married November 7, 
to Asa Gunter of Sanford. 


Division Correspondent' 

llOAD OIL supervisor Walter Piigh 
took his wife and young son to Baltimore 
for a Thanksgiving visit with relatives 
. . . The Army-Navy game was on their 
schedule . . . You'll have to see Walter 
for details of the trip. 

THE NEW Ninth Division Sign Shop 
is now in operation . . . Construction of 
the shop was started three months ago 
. . . The boys used stumps for work 
benches, but the quality and quantity of 
the work was above par as usual. 

MRS. MARIE BRACEY, steno-clerk in 
District Two, received her sheepskin 
from Draughon's Business College at a 
graduation ceremony held at the Robart 
E. Lee Hotel several weeks ago . . . 
Congratulations, Mrs. B., we will see what 
can be done about a frame for it. 

JAMES WALL, sign department em- 
ployee, left the ranks of the single recently 
. . . James and his charming bride arc 
ensconced in a new home at Pine Hall 
Cross Roads. 

R. L. "OLD FOLKS" CHEW, district 
engineer at Winston-Salem, and his family 
spent Thanksgiving with his in-laws at 
Clarkton . . . Reliable sources report that 
Bob ate all he could and what he couldn't, 
he brought back. 

OUR SYMPATHY to Russell Flinchiwi, 
machine operator in Stokes County, whose 
father died November 29 . . . And to gang 
foremen T. J. and J. C. Williams in the 
death of their mother. 

E. M. NEAL, road oil foreman, has been 

Two highway employees in Warren 
County Maintenance played important 
roles in a "womanless wedding" which 
was recently held in Macon. Bridesmaid 
A. C. Collier is a motor grader operator 
while ring bearer D. A. Grissom is yard 
foreman and store keeper. 




The Twelfth Division Kquipnienf Department held their lawn of the equipment office. Barbecue was served. More 

nual family party Saturday afternoon, October 17, on the than 70 folks were on hand for the dinner and fellowslili). 

eased from City Memorial Hospital . . . 
ig Un" will soon be "Little Un" accord- 
l to his doctor who told him to bring 
; weight down from 312 to 190 pounds! 
BETTY JEAN WILES, secretary in the 
/ision office, recently returned to work 
;er a few days illness. 
B. C. THOMPSON, Right-of-Way engi- 
er, is making plans to move his family 
im North Wilkesboro to their new home 

N. Sunset Drive in Winston-Salem . . . 
3 are happy to know that Burt and his 
Bily will soon be with us . . . They lived 
North Wilkesboro for many years. 
J. W. Hedrick, gang foreman in David- 
a County, retired September 1, due to 


A.FTER 18 years of highway service, 
L. Agner, machine operator of Rowan 
unty, plans to retire December 31. 
RAY CROUSE, temporary truck driver 

Davidson County, is home from the 
spital . . . He was seriously hurt in a 
ilision on the Yadkin River Bridge in 
tober . . . He's much better, but still 
s a lot of mending to do ... He won't 

able to work for another three or four 

3UR GET-WELL wishes to Mrs. Isaac 
ivell who was hurt by a car recently . . . 
3 hope she'll soon be home from the 
spital . . . Her husband is a mechanic 
the district shop at Salisbury. 


Division Correspondent 

Ralph alderman and C. L. Lowder 
report that the new equipment shop at 
Mt. Pleasant has been completed and is 
now in operation. 

EARL J. BRINKLEY of the equipment 
department took off with two of his 
hunting buddies for their annual pheasant 
hunt in South Dakota . . . Their trip was 
])oth pleasant and profitable as they 
brought home their quota of pheasants 
. . . Some of Earl's friends at the shop 
have been making quips about "good 
chicken shooting" just back of their 
houses, right here in Carolina. 

Thomas who is taking a long rest on 
doctor's orders ... To J. M. Byrd, section 
foreman, who was painfully injured when 
a joint of concrete pipe fell on his foot, 
breaking several bones ... To J. jy. 
Cranford and C. H. Lowder, maintenance 
employees, who were seriously ill in the 
Stanly County Hospital ... To Harvey 
D. Hunt of the Charlotte Maintenance 
Department who is now convalescing 
after a recent illness ... To .7. .4. Mills of 
Cabarrus who has been sick . . . To W. C. 
Tucker of Charlotte Construction who has 
been ill . . . To Ed Lipscomb of Mecklen- 

))urg and R. L. McEachcrn of Cabarrus 
who had pneumonia ... To Mecklenburg 
Maintenance Supervisor Boh Brown who 
was hospitalized but should be home 
soon . . . And to Mrs. J. F. Blythe, wife 
of the Mecklenburg County Supervisory 
Foreman, who has been in the hospital 
. . . We hope all these good folks will 
soon be well again. 

WE'RE GLAD to see Robert F. Morris, 
sign painter, back working regularly . . . 
He has been on periodic sick leaves since 
February . . . We hope the treatments at 
Charlotte and Albemarle Hospitals will 
cure his hip and back ailments. 

OUR BEST wishes go to four sets of 
new parents ... A daughter, Sharon Ann, 
was born November 5, to Mr. and Mrs. 
Frank Russell . . . Sharon's mother is the 
secretary in the Right-of-Way office at 
Albemarle . . . The stork recently deliver- 
ed a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Eudy 
of the Maintenance Department . . . Mr. 
and Mrs. A. H. Hall announce the birth 
of a son, Michael Alex, October 22 . . . 
The B. L. McEacherns of Cabarrus are all 
smiles since the arrival of their seven and 
one-half pound baby boy. 

OUR SYMPATHY to James C. Morgan 
in the death of his grandmother; she had 
been completely helpless since last spring 
. . . To the family and friends of C. A. 
Mabry who died November 18; he was 
patch foreman in Stanly County for many 




Mrs. Jim Councill of Boone adds the 
finishing touches to Martha's dress just 
before the 1953 Terpsichorean Debu- 
tante Ball in Raleigh last September. 
Martha is a student at Duke. Her father 
is division engineer of the Eleventh 

years ... To John Bost of Mt. Pleasant 
in the recent passing of his brother, T. M. 
Bost, of Durham ... To S. P. Helms, 
division prison supervisor, in the death 
of his father, Hugh E. Helms, of Wingate, 
November 25; Mr. Helms was 75 years 
old . . . And especially to James H. Flake 
of the Road Oil Department in the recent 
deaths of three members of his immediate 
family . . . His father and his brother 
both died with heart attacks; his only 
sister was killed in a wreck. 

"VACATIONS . . . Division engineer and 
Mrs. M. E. Beatty returned November 1, 
after a month's tour that took them 
through the eastern, mid-western and 
south-western states to California . . . 
Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Long made an extens- 
ive southern trip to visit their son, Lt. 
Robert G. Long, and his wife; Lt. Long 
is stationed with the Air Force at Mobile, 
Alabama . . . The W. A. Littles toured 
Florida and Cuba; they really enjoyed 
Cuba but they wouldn't make it their 
home . . . J. B. Pridgen spent a quiet 
week of vacation at his home in Salisbury 
. . . I. L. Gaddy, W. E. Carter and M. A. 
Smith are planning to take time off to 
reduce their accumulated annual leave 
. . . The C. G. Bradfields took time out to 
see their son off for overseas duty: Lt. 
C. R. Bradfleld was recently transferred 
with the U. S. Armed Forces . . . Many 
Stanly maintenance employees are taking 
advantage of the hunting season to cut 
down on their accumulated vacation; 
among these are B. B. Poplin. D. K. 
Loivdcr and P. C. Austin . . . L. A. Morton 
and J. A. Tucker of Road Oil spent the 
week of November 16, in Florida . . . The 
following Road Oil men have been enjoy- 
ing vacations: J. H. Allen, W. V. Hudson, 
C. B. Maness, W. H. Marsh, J. N. Mauldin, 
S. C. Mauldin, H. G. Mitchell, C. R. Riden- 

hour, Hoyle Ridenhour, H. B. ISikes, and 
./. E. Tucker. 

MECHANIC R. L. Moss of Albemarle 
has recently moved his family to a new 
home in Porters, a community five miles 
south of Albemarle on US 52 . . . Motor 
grader operator P. G. Hatley has settled 
his family in a new residence at Frog 
Pond, a community several miles west of 
Albemarle on NC 27. 

THE FOLLOWING highway men have 
transferred from Road Oil to Landscape: 
J. C. Lee, R. P. Lee, N. M. Morgan, E. C. 
Smith, M. R. Morton, J. H. Harkey, W. B. 
Carver, and G. F. Starnes . . . W. G. 
Wilder, highway inspector II, who had 
been acting road oil foreman also trans- 
ferred to Landscape. 

THANKSGIVING . . . The W. J. Murrays 
took their son to spend the Thanksgiving 
holidays with Mr. Murray's father in 
Burgaw . . . C. H. Faggart of Maintenance 
and N. L. (Pete) Lockhart, superintendent 
of Mt. Pleasant Prison Camp, spent all 
day fishing at Lake Waccamaw, without 
any luck . . . Upon their return home, 
Faggart commented that it was the first 
time he had ever fished in the ocean . . . 
Lockhart, in amazement, replied that it 
was just a lake . . . "Well, that is the 
most water, to be a lake," said Faggart 
. . . R. M. Williams of Cabarrus spent his 
Thanksgiving Day butchering a 450 pound 

FISHERMEN . . . G. K. Tyson has 
spent several week-ends fishing the In- 
land Waterway near Southport . . . The 
boys say he's laying in a winter supply 
of fish . . . W. M. Croivder is just back 
from a ten-day trip to DeLand, Florida 
. . . Tom Staton of Construction had a fine 
deep sea fishing trip off the coast of 
Myrtle Beach; he brought home 42 black 


Division Correspondent 

Our best wishes go with w. s. 
Reynolds who retired November 1, after 
22 years of faithful service with Main- 

MOTOR grader operator and Mrs. G. C. 
White are the proud parents of a baby 
girl who was born October 15, at the 
Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in 

SECTION foreman R. A. Moser, Yadkin 
County prison superintendent M. J. 
Brown, and the camp physician, H. A. 
Brandon, plus others enjoyed a week-end 
fishing trip to Davis Island, near More- 
head City, in the fall. 

BIRTHDAY wishes to these men, with 
the date, who will celebrate birthdays in 
January: 0. D. Bentley, 23rd; C. M. 
Dancy, 23rd; G. W. Dobbins, first; G. W. 

G. A. Brinkley super^ised the « 
struction of this plant for mat 

bituminous concrete mix for patch 
The plant is located in Selma. 1 
similar plants will be built in the Foi 
Division. The elevator is fed by a 41 
24' drier which was made by high 
employees. Bob Dawson is the dist 

Hoppers, 20th; S. S. Shermer, 13th; G 
Upchurch, 19th; C. R. Whittington, 2(1 
and J. B. Williams, 25th. 

THESE MEN, with the date, will c 
brate birthdays in February: H.H.All 
ninth; G. J. Filer, 24th; Y. R. Hat 
22nd; A. S. Haney, 28th; C. R. l 
seventh; A. M. Porter, eleventh; J.i 
Reece, ninth; Brooks Triplett, thi 
H. W. Whitaker, eleventh; and P. 
Wooten. second. 

STENO Ruth Potter and her hush 
celebrated their first wedding anniv 
ary, December 21 . . . They spent 
Christmas holidays visiting Mr. Pott 
parents in Unicoi, Tennessee. 

E. R. HAUSER had an unusual 
perience with a deer the other night 
While driving from Winston-Salem 
North Wilkesboro one night, a deer d 
ed in front of his car . . . There 
considerable damage to his car . . . "W 
happened to the deer? ... He got up 
made his "get away." 

DISTRICT TWO reports these high 
folks, with the date, will celebrate bi 
days in January: Woodroio Nelson B 
fourth; William L. Bolick. 23rd; . 
Wilson Brown, 24th; Carl E. Freeih 
first; Henry D. Hartsoe, 28th; Lei 
Mullis, 15th; Ermin E. Osborne, 1' 
Thomas T. Shook, 28th; Claud J. Wo 
26th; and Miss Pauline Pugh. 28th. 

IN FEBRUARY, these men, and 
date, will round out another year in tl 
lives: Fields G. Absher, 16th; Davia 
Bentley, 27th; Richard D. Fletc 
eleventh; John R. Gentry, 28th; Will 
E. Hartley, 15th; Dillard C. Lewis, 21 
Howard W. Little, first; Joseph A. 




Imn, 27th; Delviar 8. Stewart, 14th; 
Mrlie R. Taylor, 27th; Don C. Walters, 
:6th; K. B. Wise, 23rd; Glenn Woodring, 
eventh; Charles E. Woodruff, 23rd; 
Valter W. Wright. 25th; District engineer 
A. Hayivorth. 21st. 

SICK LIST . . . Tractor operator D. D. 
Duncan and Patch foreman J. L. Caudill 
ere both hospitalized In Kansas City, 
lissouri, but they are now back on the 
b . . . Pay loader L. T. Smithey recently 
inderwent surgery at the Davis Hospital 
n Statesville; he's recuperating nicely at 
lis home . . . Gang foreman J. B. Williams 
„nd his wife have both been in the Davis 
ospital recently . . . Truck driver C. T. 
^divards, Jr., had a tonsillectomy at 
Vilkes General Hospital, November 23. 
LOCATING engineer and Mrs. Guy 
illard spent their vacation on a coastal 
our and fishing trip to Perry, Florida, 
ravelling by way of Manteo and Savan- 
^•\&h to Perry . . . They caught 200 pounds 
;t"iif fish . . . They saw the LSU— University 
stjDf Florida game at Gainesville . . . Mr. 
'Allard reports he made the 2,400-mile 
rip without a single flat tire and that 
le didn't see one car wreck on the entire 


Division Corresponclent' 




HE DIVISION office building chapter 
)f the NCSHBA met October 20 . . . 
Dfficers for the coming year were elected: 
!]hairman. Bill Andrews; Vice-Chairman, 
fen Mauney; Secretary-Treasurer, Betty 
feeler; and Delegate to the Executive 
Committee, R. J. Albert. 

Betsy Miller was married to Edward 
J [Bruce Lane of Edenton, November 30, 
,||in the First Baptist Church of Wilson. 
jjMr. Lane is now in the U. S. Army. 
5! Betsy's father, Charlie Miller, is a 
mechanic in the Fourth Division Shop. 

ROAD OIL supervisor S. B. Brinkley 
had a "family day", November 22, when 
his relatives gathered for a reunion . . . 
About 45 people were present . . . All of 
Mr. Brinkley's children were there, along 
with other relatives, for the first time in 
many years . . . Highway folks were glad 
to see John Roy Brinkley who visited in 
Shelby; he now lives in Tuscon, Arizona. 

THE DIVISION office is glad to hear 
that Mrs. Melba Simpson Bradley is back 
at work at the district office in Marion . . . 
Melba's highway career was interrupted 
by the arrival of a baby daughter last 

HIGHWAY employees were grateful for 
two holidays in November . . . Most of 
them spent Armistice Day and Thanks- 
giving working around home, visiting 
with relatives or hunting. 

VACATIONS . . . Ralph Padgett, Cleve- 
land County Prison Camp employee, spent 
a November vacation on a trip to Texas 
. . . Office engineer E. R. McGimpsey is 
planning a Christmas holiday in Florida 
. . . Assistant division engineer and Mrs. 
E. L. Kemper vacationed in Florida 
during early December. 

GET WELL wishes go to M. R. Ellis 
and J. C. Tilley of Equipment . . .To D. F. 
Rogers who was in the Shelby Hospital 
for several weeks ... To Felton Walker, 
Cleveland County foreman, who suffered 
a heart attack in November ... To George 
Noggle, Cleveland County maintenance 
foreman, who was hospitalized in Char- 
lotte during November ... To main- 
tenance supervisor H. B. Shearer who has 
been out since October with a bad knee 
injury . . . To W. L. Warren of Alexander 
County, G. S. Henley, 0. R. Rockett and 
R. L. Sherrill of Catawba County. 

DISTRICT ROADWAYS correspondent 
Lois B. Knox took two weeks sick leave 
in November and convalesced at her 
sister's home in Asheville. 

NEW ADDITIONS . . . The stork de- 
livered a baby son to the J. R. Robinsons 
of Alexander County, October 27 . . . 
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Mayberry of Statesville 
announce the recent birth of a daughter 
. . . The Ken Mauneys are mighty pleased 
with their new little girl, Deborah Gay, 
who was born November 11 . . . Mauney 
is a resident engineer at Shelby. 

WHILE Lois Knox was out sick, Beth 
White Gaither filled in . . . Beth used to 
work in the old Ninth Division office 
when it was at Statesville and then later 
when the division headquarters were 
moved to Shelby. 

OUR SYMPATHY to John T. Watt. 
Iredell County employee, in the death of 
his father, November 2 . . . And to E. P. 
Jones of Construction in the death of his 

TWO MORE Construction employees, 
Blanch Williams and J. P. Wortman, have 

This trim 30-foot boat was made by 
Reuben Shaw of the Raleigh Bridge 
Drafting Department. He and Jimmy 
Norris launched it for the first time over 
Labor Day at Snead's Ferry. 

It is made of plywood with a fibre 
glass covering and has two built-in 
bunks. Reuben installed an 8-horse 
power inboard motor and spent after- 
work hours of two winters assembling 
the boat'. He's dubbed it "Porpoise" and 
plans to spend many week-ends on it. 

transferred from the Twelfth to the Four- 
teenth Division . . . Best of luck to each. 

WELCOME to Mack Hubbard, a former 
State employee, who has been employed 
as steward at the Cleveland County Prison 
Camp . . . Mack worked with the Highway 
Commission before entering service. 

THE CLEVELAND County Chapter of 
the NCSHEA held a barbecue at the 
division shop, November 11 . . . More than 
100 members and guests attended. 

men from Equipment, Ben Palmer, Bill 
Lattimore and C. E. Laidlaiv, have re- 
cently been fishing at Seven Oaks . . . 
Ben Palmer also went deer hunting dur- 
ing November at the Daniel Boone Game 
R(>fuge, but brought back no meat. 


Division Correspondent' 


• B. FERGUSON'S many friends in 
the Highway Commission will be glad to 
know that he is showing marked signs 
of improvement ... He has been taking 
treatments in Johnson City, Tennessee 
. . . His speech and the paralysis in his 
affected side have been improved . . . He 
is also a proud grandfather . . . Mr. 
Ferguson was a district engineer in the 
old Tenth. 

ANOTHER old timer retires . . . Tom 
Griffith, gang foreman, with 33 years of 
highway service to his credit, retired 
November 1. 




This is the newly-completed subshop 
at Jackson. Highway equipment from 
Northampton County is serviced here. 
Robert Corbitt is the field mechanic in 
charge. Lloyd Cutting supervised con- 
struction of the shop which is 36 x 60 
feet and made of concrete block. 

WALTER J. EDWARDS recently took 
his wife on a tour of Tennessee and to 
see their son, Ralph, who is training at 
the Navy Technical Training Center in 
Memphis . . . While in Nashville, they 
attended the "Grand Ole Opry." 

Virgis Anglin on the birth of a baby girl, 
November 1 . . . Mr. Anglin is a shovel 
operator in District Two. 

SICK LIST . . . Herman Pounders is 
back at work after having a minor opera- 
tion . . . Mr. Pounders is a blacksmith . . . 
D. H. Culbertson of the Sign Department 
was ill for some time, but he is now back 
on the job . . . It's good to see Mack Gouge 
back at work after a long illness . . . 
Mr. Gouge underwent surgery several 
months ago and convalesced at home . . . 
Gang foreman Gus Higgins was out sick 
several days . . . Kenneth Rahb was 
recently confined to the hospital at Marion 
for a minor operation. 


Division Correspondent 

If ESTWARD HO" were the departing 
words of John C. Engman of the Waynes- 
ville Construction Department when he 
recently resigned to accept employment 
with the California Highway Department. 

JAMES M. BAKER, Henderson County 
employee, also resigned to work for the 
McLean Trucking Company. 

Whites and daughter, "Snow", spent their 
Thanksgiving with family and friends in 
Shelby . . . Mr. White is with Right-of-Way 
in Sylva . . . Mrs. Doris M. Higdon and 
family spent their holidays in Plymouth 
and Charlotte . . . They visited relatives 
. . . Mrs. Higdon is a stenographer in the 
division office . . . The C. J. Becks took 

their little girl, Linda, to Marion for 
Thanksgiving . . . Mr. Beck is office 
engineer at the Sylva office . . . District 
Engineer Paul DuPre took his family to 
visit friends in Boone. 

OUR SYMPATHY to motor grader 
operator Thomas J. King of Cherokee 
County in the death of his brother . . . 
To tractor operator Clarence H. King in 
the loss of his father, Ernest King . . . 
To Drill Operator nd Mrs. Hugh Wilson 
Rogers in the untimely passing of their 
little son ... To Ernest J. H oiling stvorth, 
gang foreman in Henderson County, in 
the death of his father . . . And to C W. 
Constance, supervisory foreman in Polk 
County, in the death of his sister. 

THE FOURTEENTH was saddened by 
the death of Alex Marr of Bryson City . . . 
Mr. Marr had been a foreman in Swain 
County for three years . . . He died 
November 11. 

MR. AND MRS. C. J. BECK were called 
to Ralway, New Jersey, in October to 
attend his brother in the last days of 

EVERYONE enjoyed the last quarterly 
Construction Meeting of the NCSHEA . . . 

F. L. Hutchison sponsored the meeting at 
Waynesville . . . Otis Banks was an 
honored guest ... It was the first meeting 
of Construction personnel since the re- 
organization of divisions. 

THE DIVISION office stafe welcomes a 
newcomer, Alton Bryson, who just started 
with the Equipment Department. 

S. T. USRY, Robert L. Pattillo and Mr. 
and Mrs. G. G. Page went down to Atlanta 
in November for the Duke-Georgia Tech 
game . . . Unfortunately, Duke lost. 


G. 0. Vaughn of Fletcher on the birth of 
a son, George Odell, Jr., October 10 . . . 

This future concert artist is Linda 
Gvven Pridgen, seven-month old daugh- 
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Wade H. Pridgen, 
Jr., of Wilson. She's a good baby. People 
laugh when her parents tell them Linda 
got them up only twice for a 2 A.M. 

Bridge foreman Paul Clay of th[ 
Thirteenth Division holds one fish tha 
didn't get away. He's been after thi 
one fish for three years in Lake James- 
It's a 21-inch long large mouth bass an< 
weighs six pounds. , 

Mr. Vaughn is a motor grader operator iii 
Henderson County . . . Mr. and Mrt 
Maurice Young announce the arrival o 
a baby girl, Zenda June, August 21 . . 
Mr. Young is with Construction iii 

Arrington, Lawrence H. Hooper am 
Thomas W. Rogers, all Haywood Count;, 
employees who are convalescing at horn 
from recent operations ... To Mrs. J. Wi 
Curtis, wife of blacksmith John W. Curtii' 
who was a recent patient at the Rhoddci 
Van Gorda Hospital at Andrews . . . T 
W. T. Houser, Construction employee a 
Waynesville, who recently underwent 
serious operation . . . And to Mrs. Wayn 
Dockery who received a painful ani 
serious eye burn from acid in a cleanini 
solution which was thrown by Hallowee; 
pranksters. i 

IT'S A TREAT to see George W. Clayto 
back on the job after being out sick 
few days . . . Mr. Clayton is from Cheroke 

WITH THE MARINES . . . "G" Stalcui 
son of Bulldozer Operator and Mrs. Gle 
Y. Stalcup, spent several days fur long 
with his parents before departing for th 
Far East Command . . . Mr. Stalcup i 
from Cherokee County. 

CHARLES McCALL of the Frankli 
Construction Department was married t 
Faye Ledford, November 20 . . . Th 
bride's father is the Rev. Claude Ledfor 
of Franklin . . . Mr. McCall is the son o 
gang foreman James A. MoCall . . . Th 
newly-weds will make their home i 

ROAD maintenance supervisor E. h 
Wehh took a two-week trip to Florida . . 
He visited relatives and friends in D( 
Land and Leesburg . . . He spent some o 
the time duck hunting and fishing. 





I IRGINIA Hussinger. Bill Rogers' 
ecretary, recently took off for a flying 
l ip to Europe and a six-weeks stay with 
ler daughter and family in Germany . . . 
Li is Knight had old home week when she 
isited school chums in Savannah, Georgia. 

INA FERRELL and her sister enter- 
ained their church circle in their home 
or their annual Christmas meeting. 

KLIZABETH Hughes recently took a 
v. ck's vacation to rest and get ready for 

A MAN who worked with the Commis- 
;i()n 27 years ago, Ross Sapp, came by 
he building and stopped to speak to old 
l iends . . . Mr. Sapp is the maintenance 
(lid construction engineer of the Wyom- 
ui; Highway Department. 

H. K. WITHERSPOON and his wife 
pent a goodly part of their Christmas 
ai ation on the road . . . They drove to 
soifolk to spend several days with their 
laughter, Becky Bunn, and her family 

. . The Witherspoons then drove to 
-"lorida to see H. K., Jr., and his family. 

WHEN Nancy Howell was married 
>fovember 20, several highway folks drove 
lown to Troy for the wedding . . . Mr. 
mcl Mrs. Earl Crumi). Sam Badgett, Mary 
Vilkinson. Dollie Smith and Barbara 
^ykes were among the group . . . Bonnie 
•Vail was Nancy's Maid of Honor. 

GEORGE SUTTON is mighty proud of 
lis little daughter, Brenda Sue, who was 

Pamela Flack, ten-year old daughter 
Df Mr, and Mrs. Mays H. Flack of 
Vlarion, has been a pupil of the Fletcher 
School of Dancing for three years. She 
has appeared in numerous local enter- 
tainments, doing both tap and vocal 
, solos. 

I Her daddy, Mays H. Flack, is a mam- 
tenance supervisor in Marion. 

born September 19 . . . That makes the 
fourth little girl at George's home. 

STATISTICIAN James S. Burch organ- 
ized highway employee solicitors for the 
successful United Fund Drive ... A total 
of $5,611.45 was collected or pledged by 
545 highway employees for an average of 
about $10.30 . . . Hats off to Jim Burch 
and his hardworking solicitation and 
collection crew who helped put this drive 
over the top! 

NEWS from the Lab . . . Ebraham 
Shekarctii, a geologist in the research lab, 
left in November to return to his home 
in Teheran, Iran . . . Mrs. Janet Adams 
of the chemical lab and her family 
journeyed to New Jersey to spend Christ- 
mas with her parents . . . Mr. and Mrs. 
W. L. McCanless report an enjoyable 
motor trip to Gainesville and Daytona, 

There's a brand new addition at the 
J. W. Davis home. Tiny Jimmy Davis 
recently weighed in at seven pounds. 
Mr. Davis is a section foreman at 

Florida . . . The girls in the lab were 
pleased with the jars of orange blossom 
honey which the McCanlesses brought 
them . . . Mr. McCanless is concrete lab 

EQUIPMENT News . . . The usual, 
informal office party was held the last day 
of work before Christmas holidays . . . 
OlUe Roberts visited her husband, Rich- 
ard, at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, 
over Thanksgiving . . . Edith Williams 
took a week's vacation in the fall. 

PURCHASING Department . . . Betsy 
Penny resigned due to her health so Mary 
Lee Stephenson returned to her old job as 
secretary to Bill Reaves . . . Gillani John- 
son and Bave Holton, Director of Pur- 
chase and Contract, attended the annual 
convention of the National Association of 
Purchasing Agents in Miami, Florida . . . 
Christine Champion moved into her lovely 
new home on Courtland Drive . . . Mrs. 
Jean High resigned and was replaced by 
Mrs. Louise Shepard, a former employee. 

liill ]>Iurray, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
W. J. Murray of Albemarle, was born 
IMarch 30. His daddy is the senior Right- 
of-Way Engineer for the Tenth Division. 
His mother, the former Virginia Dare 
Britton of Pendleton, is a faculty mem- 
ber of the Fast .Albemarle Elementary 

LOCATION . . . •■Uncle" Bim Sawyer 
recently took a few days of vacation . . . 
Charles Davant. contractor of Augusta, 
Georgia, died recently . . . His son, Dr. 
Davant. is married to R. Getty Bro^vning's 
daughter, Harriet . . . Mr. and Mrs. Dan 
W. Campbell spent Christmas in Ashe- 
ville; they were just married October 3 
. . . Mrs. Campbell is the former Jane 

WE WERE sorry to hear of the death 
of a former highway Commissioner, V. D. 
Guire of Lenoir . . . Mr. Guire was com- 
missioner from 1941-'45 during the 
Broughton administration. 

COMMISSIONER C. Heicle Trask sent 
a beautiful suprise to every employee in 
the highway building . . . Mr. Trask 
presented a bunch of long-stemmed gladi- 
oli from his nursery near Wilmington to 
all employees in the Raleigh offices . . . 
For your generosity and thoughtfulness. 
thank you, Mr. Trask. 

ACCOUNTING . . . We're sorry that 
Lucille Pittman is out sick again . . . 
Auditor Sam. Smith, "batched" it for six 
weeks while his wife was in Florida with 
their daughter who just had a new baby 
boy . . . Sam missed that "home cooking" 
and was sick for several days; he's fine 
now, though . . . Mary Wilkinson spent 
several days visiting her cousin in 
Hondersonville . . . George Elliott was in 
the hospital for several days; he's back 
at work and much better. 

ROADWAY . . . William- Barkley was 
married to Nell Peterson, December 12 
. . . There's a new face at the Fred Barnes 
home; little Rebecca Elizabeth made her 
first appearance, October 26 . . . Lydia 
Alexander spent a week in Florida after 
Christmas . . . Joe Taylor took a one-day 




In appreciation of their work, the 
ladies of Laurel River in Madison 
County gave a big dinner for the Road 
Oil Department. 

vacation to browse in the State Museum 
and the Hall of History — both spots he 
had never visited before . . . Edward Potts 
resigned December 11, to go in service 
. . . Dan Allen has sent his shooting dog, 
"Delivery Fan Roxie", off to Davie County 
to be coached by Paul Walker, well-known 
professional bird dog trainer . . . John L. 
Morson was out sick with the flu. 

PRISON NEWS . . . Mrs. Mary Bass 
spent Thanksgiving in Emporia, Virginia 
. . . Jean Wellons took a few days off at 

BRIDGE Department . . . When Janie 
Wilson resigned recently to devote full 
time to homemaking duties, Mrs. Alene 
8. Foltz was employed to replace her . . . 
Billy S. Weaver and Philip Schwartz 
resigned . . . David W. Honeycutt, Jr., 
left to join the Air Force . . . The Paul 
C. Harmons proudly announce the adop- 
tion of an 18-month old daughter, Paula 
Rea, November 18 . . . The T. B. Ounters 
attended the AASHO meeting in Pitts- 
burgh, Pennsylvania, November 10-13 . . . 
Retired bridge design engineer H. W. 
Shelden now of California came by the 
department for a visit . . . Bruce Conner 
is back on the job after a brief hospital 
stay . . . Arnold W. Moore is back after an 
appendectomy . . . Ben Terrell and R. P. 
Coble were temporarily on the sick list . . . 
A former drafting room man, Adli Awad 
AlUss, invited the whole department to 
his wedding, December 17, to Nancy 
Carolyn Sheppe . . . His highway friends 
extend best wishes to the couple . . . The 
Bridge Department held its annual Christ- 
mas banquet and party at the Woman's 
Club, December 18. 

OUR THANKS to Carl Wilson for the 
big Christmas tree in the lobby . . . Betty 
Miles and her assistants, Jessie Ruth 
Norris, Pam Connelly and Lydia Alex- 
ander, did a grand job of decorating! 

STATISTICS . . . Guilford Duke resign- 
ed recently . . . Dorothy Turner trans- 
ferred over from the Board of Health to 
replace Helen Puckett who left . . . The 
girls gave Helen a lovely stork shower 
. . . Walter Wiley will marry Marie 
Hedgepeth of Greensboro, January 6 . . . 
Betty and Bill Miles went to Pennsylvania 
to spend Christmas with her family . . . 
Jane and Dan Cameron went to Hickory 
for the holidays . . . Mr. and Mrs. Fussell 
spent Thanksgiving in Oak Ridge, Ten- 
nessee, with his brother-in-law . . . 
Blanchie Bradley recently visited her 
brother in Greensboro . . . Bill Taylor 
spent Christmas in Murphy. 

EQUIPMENT depot . . . Wilton P. 
Duncan is the new automotive parts clerk 
in the storeroom . . . Solomon Revis who 
retired on disability came by for a visit 
recently . . . James Page is recuperating 
nicely from an operation at St. Agnes 

Novemtoer 13 was Ladies Night for 
the Person County highway employees. 
Barbecue and brunswick stew were 
served at the V. F. W. Clubhouse. The 
Person County Serenaders, pictured 
above, furnished music for the square 
dancing. T. I. Dean, on the left, is a 
motor grader operator. The other two 
music-makers are Mr. Ashley and Mr. 

Hospital . . . T. R. Buchanan and H. C. 
Gillis have become seasoned grandparents 
since the recent arrival of their new 
grandsons . . . Nell Crickniore is wearing 
a lovely engagement ring. 

OUR SYMPATHY to K. G. Andriessen 
in the death of his mother ... To If. S. 
Given in the death of his brother ... To 
T. R. Buchanan in the death of his mother 
. . . And to G. B. Woodell in the death of 
his sister. 

BRIDGE Maintenance . . . Charlie Biggs 
and T. B. Gunter recently went bird hunt- 
ing with E. B. Tomlinson near Lumberton 
. . . They were rained out their first 
week-end but returned the next one to 
kill the birds seen earlier . . . Becky 
Griffin gave a nice party when her little 
daughter celebrated her fourth birthday 
. . . Jess Markham is recovering from a 

Mr. and Mrs. Pete Justus proudlj 
display their catch of fish. The string 
of black bass, all caught on artificia 
lures, represents three hours of flshinj 
in the beautiful St. John's River. Pete 
claims, "The big one didn't get away 
He just didn't stlike." 

On their trip they went to Sarasota 
St. Petersburg and other points ii 
western Florida. On the way back t( 
Boone, they visited friends in Augusta 

slight accident that bruised his lung . . 
Bridge foreman J. W. Pagan's son, Johil 
Vernon, was married to Lillian Hopt 
Pruitt, November 28, in the chapel of th« 
Hayes Barton Baptist Church . . . Bucli' 
Taylor had his two sons and daughters 
in-law plus granddaughter for Thanks 
giving dinner. < 

AMBROSE Hampton of the Bureau of 
Public Roads attended a three-week schoo'" 
on Urban and Geometric Road Design ir 
Washington, D. C. . . Along with th< 
other "students" he studied the Ne^p 
Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Park ; 
way, and the Merritt Parkway. ' 

RIGHT-OF-WAY . . . S. H. Shearin, Jr. i 
is all smiles since the birth of his son 
S. H. Shearin, III, December 11 . . 
Nellie Barnes is working temporarily 
while Hilda Russell is out for an opera , 
tion. ' 

R. N. BRINCEFIELD is just back from 
a week's vacation in Florida . . . He tooli, 
his family to visit his mother. 

Thomas J. Beachum and W. M 
Crowder, owners of this trim cabir 
cruiser on tlie St'. John's River, havf 
just returned from a ten-day fishing trij 
in and around DeLand, Florida. 






Phe automotive Parts Supervisor 
• Division Twelve is Robert E. Laidlaw, 
s highway service dates from August 
1922, when he started in the Main- 
aance Department in old District 
ght under H. E. Noell. Six months 
:er, Laidlaw was made supply clerk 
jP the district equipment department, 
i continued there until 1928 when he 
is transferred to old District One at 

In 1930, he became toll collector on 
e Edenhouse Bridge over the Chowan 
ver near Edenton. A year later, he 
IS moved to Statesville as a supply 
5rk in Equipment at Statesville. He 
lyed there until the division shop was 
Dved to Shelby in 19 43. Soon after he 
IS promoted to his present position. 

Laidlaw was born June 4, 189 4, in 
ilumbus County. He attended schools 
Horry County, S. C, and graduated 
om Clemson College in 1916. He 
ught school for one year in Hoke 
lunty and later was a bookkeeper for 
wholesale feed concern in Marion. He 
rved overseas during World I with the 
st Division. From 1920 to 1922, he 
n-ked with the N. C. Department of 
lucation in McDowell and Franklin 

His wife is the former Hazel Epps of 
orence, S. C. They have one son, 
)bby, who is six. The Laidlaws are 
five members of the Central Methodist 
lurch in Shelby. For several years, 
lidlaw was a unit secretary-treasurer 
N. C. S. H. E. A. 

The DISTRICT mechanic foreman of 
the Tenth Division is Robert L. Myers 
of Wadesboro. 

As he looks back on his 30 or more 
years of highway service, he recalls, 
"I first began highway employment in 
1919 with Montgomery County. I work- 
ed with the county for two years and 
then I went with the State Highway 
Commission July 21, 1921, as a section 
foreman. From section foreman, I was 
promoted to field mechanic and served 
in this capacity until 194 2. My head- 
quarters at various times were in 
Candor, Asheboro and Troy. In 19 42, 
I was promoted to district mechanic 
supervisor with headquarters in Wades- 
boro. My counties now include Anson, 
Stanly and Union." 


His wife's name is Minnie. They live 
in Candor and have five children: 
Robert, Carl, Mrs. Catherine M. Fox, 
J. C, and Roy Lee. The Myerses are 
members of the Laurel Hill Baptist 
Church. Myers is a former Sunday 
School superintendent. 

The foreman is a member of the 
Masonic Lodge with Third Degree mem- 
bership at Biscoe Lodge No. 4 37. He 
holds a Fourteenth Degree membership 
at Charlotte Lodge of Perfection. 

Section foreman Elmer Hugh 
Andrews helped build the first black- 
top road in Chatham County. 

He was born May 11, 1897, in 


Chatham County. He was educated in 
the county schools. 

During World War II, he took three 
years off from his highway work to 
serve with the Seabees in the Aleu- 
tian Islands. 

His wife is the former Dollie Badders. 
They live on Route No. 2, Siler City. 
They have two young daughters: Laura 
Elma and Ada Lynn. Mr. Andrews is 
holding his youngest daughter who has 
grown a lot since picture was made. 

The Andrews' are members of the 
Edward Hill Friends Church. 

The foreman is a Woodman of the 
World. He says, "My hobby is raising 
Tamworth hogs. Last year, I sold ten 
shoats at top price. I am also interest- 
ed in gardening. 

Brazilian Engineer 
Inspects Roads 

A Brazilian highway engineer, Alvaro 
Fernandes, says he liked North Carolina 
highways and its rural road stabilization 

Fernandes. in the United States for a 
three-month study tour, spent two days 
in November conferring with the State's 
engineers and inspecting roads. He 
arrived in North Carolina after visiting 
liighway departments in Kansas, Cali- 
fornia, Oregon, and New York. His next 
stop was West Virginia. 




Mr. and Mrs. Elmer T. Sutton are 
mighty proud of little Elmer T. Sutton, 
Jr., who was born September 14. Mr. 
Sutton is a gang foreman in Kinston. 

Truck Weight Report 

An interim report on loadometer truck 
weight surveys was recently made by the 
Division of Statistics and Planning. 

Despite warnings by highway engineers, 
the 1953 General Assembly raised the 
weight limits for trucks. The 1953 legisla- 
tion "materially weakened" the controls 
provided by 1951 legislation. The 1951 
General Assembly authorized the con- 
struction of ten permanent pit-scale truck 
weighing stations along major truck 
routes. Definite overweight penalties were 
fixed on an ascending scale to replace the 
old system of flat fines. 

The permanent weight stations began 
operating during the early part of 1952. 
The result was a "very substantial im- 
provement in the reduction of illegal 
axle loads." 

Just as the weighing stations and the 
1951 General Assembly's over-weight pen- 
alties were beginning to function well, 
the 1953 General Assembly lifted the axle 
load limit from 18,000 pounds to 19,000 
pounds. Although penalties for overload- 
ing above the new 19,000 pound limit were 
increased, the increase in the load limit 
was so broad that very few truckers 
worried about being penalized. 

The report says, "The legal limit became 
so high as to make the effect of these 
increases (in penalties) questionable, if 
not academic." 

True, there was a "slight but definite 
increase in gross weights of some trucks 
even before 1953." However, axle weight 
and not gross weight is the thing to 

In conclusion, "It is a fact well known 
to highway engineers but little realized 
by the public that load damage to roads 
is in terms of the wheel or axle load, 
rather than the gross or total load of a 
truck. Ever since there have been numer- 

ous large trucks in North Carolina, the 
legal axle load on pneumatic tires has 
been 18,000 pounds. Therefore, the high- 
ways were designed on this basis, and 
they constitute the highway system which 
we have today." 

The Winston-Salem Journal commented, 
". . . no state should sacrifice the endur- 
ance of its own highways by allowing 
more truck load weights on its highways 
than they can stand. The problem of 
establishing uniform weight and size 
standards for trucks should be worked 
co-operatively by the several states." 

The Hickory Record concludes, ". . . 
Taxpayers everywhere are entitled to 
have their interests protected, and the 
truckers would be better off to know that 
a load which is legal in North Carolina 
is also legal in adjoining States, on all 
the main highways, at least." 

Home on the Range 


Otis Banks 

It has been proven over the years that 
"the way to a man's heart is thru his 
stomach" — you ladies want to follow that 
up? You men want to improve your own 
cooking, those of you who feel that you 
are amateur chefs? If so, try some of the 
recipes that have been gathered from the 
four corners of the earth, but with special 
emphasis on good, solid, old-fashioned 
North Carolina recipes. This is the first 
of a series of recipes to be printed in 
Roadways — no pies, no pastries, just good 
food that every man will enjoy. Try 'em. 
folks, and I guarantee you'll like 'em!! 
Many of these were first tried at old 
LONG LAKE CAMP at the edge of 
Croatan Forest, Craven County, in the 
region where Babe Ruth hunted so many 
years — recipes gathered from construction 
workers, national figures, old-timers, 
sportsmen from all places, all good sports 
who enjoyed the great outdoor and 
enjoyed GOOD EATING! 

WARNING — A farmer sent his son to 
borrow the daily papers, instead of paying 
for a subscription himself. Coming back, 
the boy tripped over a beehive and was 
badly stung. Father, hearing his cries, 
went to the aid of the son, ran into a 
barbed-wire fence and ruined a pair of 
$15.00 trousers. The cow, hearing all the 
commotion, got excited, ran thru the 
gate and was killed by a car on the 
highway. The wife rushed out, knocked 
over the churn and ruined four gallons 
of cream. The daughter took advantage 
of the fuss and eloped with the hired 

Chickens, dressed weight; % lb. butter; 
"Worcestershire Sauce; Salt; 2 tblsp. 

vinegar; % tsp. Tabasco Sauce; 1 cv 
water. Clean chickens and split dov 
the back — place in broiling pan aft 
salting both sides of chicken — melt butt 
and add W'shire sauce to taste, vinegs 
and Tabasco — brush chickens with mi 
ture and place under fiame in broil 
compartment — cook about 15-20 minut 
each side, turning and brushing im 
tender and done. Serves 6 — ^2 chicken 
person. This can be cooked outdoors ov 
slow charcoal or oak coals, open fire wi 
grill over, but be sure and turn and bas 

folks have guineas on their lots, but litt 
is known of the delicious qualities of t 
meat — here lies a taste treat to tickle t 
palates of the most exacting. The meat 
dark, but has a wonderful flavor. Use t 
breasts of young guineas. Salt and pepp! 
and saute slowly in a heavy (cast-in 
preferably) frying pan for about ' 
minutes — until tender and golden bro^i' 
— remove from pan — add flour to ma 
gravy — brown, add mushrooms, and coi 
until desired consistency is reached. T 
legs, backs and necks also may be frii 
to add to the meat and gravy portio; 
Allow 1 bird per serving. 

Use T-bone steaks, preferably 1" or mo 
thick — place on hot, slightly greasi 
griddle or hot plate and sear fast — tu:' 
fire down, turn the steaks, and co(' 
slowly so as not to burn outside befo' 
center is cooked — turn frequently ai' 
cook to your particular "doneness"' 
when steaks have been removed fro' 
griddle, scrape the bottom of griddle i 
get all the browned particles togethff 
add small amont of warm water or miS 
— add mushroom sauce and Sherry wi;, 
to taste — stir until throughly mixed — 1 
simmer — pour over the steaks wh( 
served. Watch 'em sop up the gravy! ' 

MEAT-ON-WIRE~now called "Shisl; 
bob" by many, calling for lamb — but leii 
use 1 lb. of tenderloin steak to serve i 
or 4 people — have steak cut in small piec 
about size of your thumb — place on Ion) 
heavy wire, alternately with small peel I 
onions, and toast over open fire until do., 
to desired taste — serve right on the wi 
to the individual — one wire to the pers( 
— and let him have the fun of eating fii 
an onion, then a piece of steak — d( 
lishus! As a change, try using sm; 
pieces of green peppers alternately on t 
wire also, or perhaps small, partly-grei , 
tomatoes. If outdoors — a wire to the ma 
let him do his own cooking! 

These should mess up the wife's kitch' 
sufficiently this issue — more next time, 
any of you men (or ladies) have sor 
special recipe that you have tried on tl ' 
men-folks, and you know they like 
send it to me and let's tell others about 





William rhillips I'icsiiell, eif>ht- 
onth old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie 
pesiiell of Asheboro, is the i>ride and 
y of his parents. His father is a truck 
•iver with the sif>n department. 

Conference Held 

Construction engineers, contractors, 
increte products manufacturers and 
ate Highway Commission representa- 
ves from North Carolina, South Caro- 
aa, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, 
irginia and the District of Columbia 
;tended the second annual Quality 
jncrete Conference at N. C. State 
allege, November 30, December 1. 
ore than 125 delegates attended, 
tils was almost double last year's 

Dean J. H. Lampe of the engineering 
hool welcomed the delegates. Chief 
Qgineer W. H. Rogers, Jr.. presided 
'er the opening morning session. A 
m on "How to Make Quality Con- 
ete" was shown. C. E. Wuerpel, of 
hicago. 111., technical director of the 
'arquette Cement Manufacturing Com- 
iny spoke on "Purposeful Entrain- 
ent of Air in Concrete." Frank G. 
rskine, managing director of the Ex- 
inded Shale Institute, spoke on 
'L,ight\veight Concrete". K. P. Billner. 
■esident of Vacuum Concrete, Inc.. 
Iked on "Vacuum Concrete Construc- 
an Here and Abroad." A talk on 
')evelopment in A S T M Specifications 
elative to Concrete Technology" was 
ven by Fred Van Atta, Special As- 
3tant of the American Society for Test- 
|g Materials. 

Chief Materials Engineer C. E. 
•Qudley presided over the afternoon 
ssion on structural concrete. D. L. 

Bloem, assistant director of engineer- 
ing of the National Ready Mixed Con- 
crete Association, spoke on "Testing 
Concrete for Conformance with Specifi- 
cations." Dr. Ralph E. Fadum, head of 
N. C. State's Civil Engineering Depart- 
ment, talked on "Soils and Concrete." A 
talk on "Design and Control of Slump 
Concrete" was given by Harry Mc- 
Donald, field engineer of the Penn- 
Dixie Cement Corporation. 

J. B. Linville, president of the N. C. 
Concrete Masonry Association, presided 
over a Concrete Products discussion. 
C. E. Wuerpel spoke on "Masonry 
Cement and Mortars." D. L. Chaney, 
regional structural engineer of the 
Portland Cement Association talked on 
"Construction Practices." 

The second day, a film, "America's 
First Prestressed Concrete Highway 
Bridge" was shown. D. L. Chaney talk- 
ed on "Prestressed Concrete." Philip L. 
Melville, highway research engineer of 
the Commonwealth of Virginia spoke on 
"Research in Concrete." A panel ques- 
tion and answer period closed the two- 
day technical meeting. 

In addition to Mr. Proudley, the 
following technicians from the highway 
laboratory attended: Duke Morgan, 
H. D. Hester, J. E. Thompson, C. L. 
Smith, W. R. Richardson, G. E. Hill. 
J. P. Pendergrass, C. T. Carmichael, and 
R. S. Jivatode. 

The right to enjoy the fruits of their 
labor has been the major incentive which 
spurred the people of our nation to great 
effort and miraculous achievements. 

Landscape ^Supervisor J. R. Felton is 
mighty proud of his two attractive 
daughters. He's holding Mollie Eliza- 
beth who is only si\ months old. Susan 
Adminta is six years old. 'Sir. Felton has 
been landscaping in the First Division 
for the |)ast 25 years. 

Sgt. Frank Ijennon poses with his 
bride, the former Betty Sue Brown of 
Asheboro. Frank arrived home October 
30 after two years in Okinawa. Novem- 
ber 7, he was mari-ied. The newly-weds 
reported to Bergetrom A. F. B., Austin, 
Te.\as, December 1. 

Frank is the son of Mrs. Floy Burk- 
head, the very capable secretary in the 
District Two othce at A.sheboro. 

Progress in Twelfth 

A recent survey showed that a total of 
209.5 miles had been hardsurfaced in the 
Twelfth Highway Division from January 
1, 1953 to November 1, 1953. 

Under the new 14-division set-up, the 
Twelfth is composed of Alexander, Cataw- 
ba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, and Lin- 
coln counties. Division headquarters are 
still in Shelby, headquarters for the old 
Ninth. L. B. Peck is division engineer; 
E. L. Kemper is assistant division 

Commissioner June Scarborough of 
Statesville said that 22.1 miles were 
hardsurfaced in Alexander; 27.8 miles in 
Catawba; 30.4 miles in Cleveland; 44.45 
in Gaston; 57.35 miles in Iredell; and 27.4 
miles in Lincoln. 

He cited the large paved mileage saying 
that many needed improvements had 
l)een made on the State's road system in 
his division since January. 

Members Appointed 

Governor Umstead recently appointed 
three members of the Carolina-Virginia 
Turnpike Authority, authorized by the 
1953 Legislature. 

Wayland Sermons of Washington and 
Roper, Guy H. Lennon of Manteo and 
John G. Clark of Greenville were named. 
Highway Chairman Graham is an ex- 
ofRcio member. 

The Authority was created for the 
purpose of studying the feasibility of 
building a toll road along the northern 
section of the Outer Banks. 




Landscape Men Meet 

Landscape Engineer Frank Brant 
presided over informal discussions when 
his Assistant Landscape Engineers and 
Landscape Supervisors came in from 
all over the State for a two-day meet- 
ing, December 9-10, in Raleigh. 

Chief Engineer W. H. Rogers, Jr., 
Equipment Engineer B. W. Davis, and 
Sam Badgett of Personnel spoke briefly 
to the group. 

Brant explained in detail a new 
system of keeping landscape cost 
records. In September, each division 
set up a division-wide betterment fund 
to finance roadside development in their 
respective areas. This new system will 
give a more accurate record of land- 
scape expenses as well as make for uni- 
form records. The new method of 
distribution will give a good idea of the 
total cost of landscape work over a 
period of years. 

The men discussed the kind and rates 
of application of seed and fertilizer for 
erosion control. Notes were compared 
on the success of various methods. 

Brant lead a discussion on the merits 
of a new hydraulic seeder which mixes 
seed and fertilizer together in a large 
tank of water. The seed, fertilizer and 
water are then sprayed on the banks 
and shoulders of roads. Brant empha- 
sized that the State's use of t he 
hydraulic seeder (the Commission has 
two) is in the experimental stage. The 
landscape department hopes to save 
time and manpower in using this 
hydraulic seeder. To date the results 
have been promising. 

Fescue and lespedeza are used uni- 
versally for erosion control along the 
State's vast road system. Some white 
clover is sown in the west. 

By seeding shoulders and cut and fill 
slopes, the landscape men protect the 
roadsides against soil erosion and also 
obtain an added dividend of improved 
highway appearance. Special effort is 
being made to save and protect volun- 
teer plant growth of trees and flowering 
trees along the right of way instead of 
making elaborate plantings which are 
costly to plant and maintain. 

Project Adequate 
Roads Explained 

After the December Commission meet- 
ing, the Commissioners met with other 
interested highway users in the audi- 
torium of the highway building to hear 

a program sponsored by the Highway 
Users Conference and the Project Ade- 
quate Roads group. L. Y. Ballentine, State 
Commissioner of Agriculture, introduced 
the chairman of PAR, Clem D. Johnson. 
Mr. Johnson, a former vice-president of 
the U. S. Chamber of Commerce keynoted 
his talk with "adequate roads don't cost, 
they pay." He cited national traffic, gaso- 
line and highway statistics to back up 
his statement. He said, "Adequate roads 
are essential to America, we can't afford 
not to have them." 

Earlier Roy Jorgensen, consulting 
engineer of the Highway Users Confer- 

North Carolina has more paved 
roads than any other state in the 
Southeast. In national standing, it 
ranked sixth. 

On January 1, North Carolina's 
total rural hardsurfacing was 2 8,8 24 
miles. Virginia had 23,348 miles. 
South Carolina 16,48 5, Tennessee 
14,318 miles and Georgia 13,520. 

Texas stood first in the national 
list with 48,790 miles. Then came 
California with 41,846; Ohio, with 
40,027 miles; Pennsylvania, with 
39,758 miles; New York, with 37,- 
513 miles, and North Carolina with 
its 28,824. 

Wisconsin ranked seventh with 
2 7,372 miles; Virginia, eighth with 
23,348; Indiana, ninth with 22,201; 
and Michigan, tenth with 18,870 

ence, had said that highway planning is 
more than raising money. He cited three 
essentials of a workable ten-year program- 
ming of highway work: 1) an inventory of 
present highway system that would be 
kept up to date 2.) an established basis 
of giving priority to highway improve- 
ments 3.) a yearly report to the tax-paying 
public to show the progress made. He 
stressed the importance of convincing the 
public of the soundness of highway pro- 
gramming from year to year. 

By means of slides, he showed methods 
of judging the adequacy of a road. He 
explained that a sufficiency road rating 
is based on the structural condition, the 
service and the safety of a road. State 
Highway Engineer Rogers introduced 
Mr. Jorgensen. 

On behalf of the State Highway Com- 
mission, Chairman Graham assured the 
Highway Users Conference and the Pro- 
ject Adequate Roads group that their 

work was "right up our alley." He s; 
the Commission was well aware of 1 
State's needs on the primary road syst' 
as the major emphasis during the p; 
four years had been on secondary roads 

Youth Center Commen 

In commenting on the dedication of t 
Umstead Youth Center, the Burlingi 
Times-News said, "The gloomy atm 
phere of prison life isn't present 
Butner. Inmates are on their honor. Tl' 
work, yes. There is discipline, yes. E 
the whole program aims to build mora 
to encourage morals, to point out t 
error of crime and to instill the des 
to become producers, contributors to u 
ful social and work pursuits on releas 

And later, "The Butner Youth Cen 
has already proved to be 'a step in t 
right direction' dealing with those beyo 
the juvenile range who have breach 
the rules of an orderly society." 

The Roanoke Rapids Herald said. "I 
the most part, the youth center is maki' 
useful men out of these first offend< 
instead of hardened criminals." ' 

The Greensboro Daily News comment' 
"While many have contributed to t 
success of the center, two persons mi 
be singled out for special commendatic 
They are John W. Umstead, whose nai 
the new facility properly bears, and Jan 
Waite. Mr. Umstead, brother of the G> 
ernor and veteran Orange County leg 

Lelia Darden Sumner, daughter 
Mr. and Mrs. Grady W. Sumner 
Ahoskie, was married to Lee Stan] 
Ijipsitz, son of Mrs. Alex W. Lipsitz, a 
the late Mr. Lipsitz, October 7. T! 
wedding was held in the ballroom of t 
William.sburg Lodge in AVilliamsbuii 
Rev. Kern Ormond, pastor of t 
Ahoskie Methodist Church, oificiat< 
Following llie ceremony, the brid 
family entertained the guests at 




1 The above pictures show two views of a newly-completed 
idge over the Cape Fear River between Bladen and 
)lumbus Counties. 

The bridge is one of several structures on a 7.76 mile long 
eject from the junction of NC 87 about five miles west' of 
■me and running northeast to the junction of NC .53 about 
1 mile south of the bridge over the Black River at the 
;nder-Bladen line. 

Shot on the left shows the concrete piling on the ap- 
oaches to the bridge. The high pilings lift the bridge clear 
the floods which often rush through Cape Fear lowlands. 

Photos by Pete Bourke. 
The new road it serves was started in .January, 1952 and 
was built at a cost of about .1<340,000. The bridge is 1,237 
feet long and 2(! feet wide with a 2.50-foot long main span. 
Shot on the right shows the concrete deck girder span and 
the concrete hand rail. 

McMeekin Construction Company of Clieraw, S. C, built 
the structures. IJallenger Paving Company of Greenville, 
S. C, graded, placed the soil type base course and surfaced 
with bituminous concrete. The road is 22 feet wide. J. C. 
Parkin of Whiteville was resident engineer on the whole 

or, offered the bill which established 
e facility and as chairman of the State 
|)spitals Board of Control's Butner Com- 
tte has worked unceasingly for its 
ccess and development. His initial zeal, 
ith and enthusiasm have grown with 
e facility. Mr. Waite has been the 
liter's superintendent from the outset; 
entire project bears his imprint and 
personal influence. Guidance and 
idership have been the major factor In 
? program's lifting results. These two 
ve had the support of many others, 
both private and public life, who have 
ared their faith and held up their 
nds in every way. The commendation 
d the glory are sufficient for all. 
And, " The Daily News earnestly hopes 
.it the light generated at Butner will 
5t its rays into all parts of the prison 
^tem and convince even the skeptics 
It rehabilitation is worth-while and 
it genuine savings can be attained." 

I IA. man's wealth does not depend so 
ilich on what he has as on what he can 

II i without. 

More Federal Aid Brinkley to Graduate 

It is better to make mistakes in trying 
in to make the mistake of not trying 
\| all. 

After 20 years of trying to persuade 
Congress to give up the federal gasoline 
tax (two cents per gallon) in favor of 
letting the states alone tax that com- 
modity, the American Association of 
State Highway Officials changed that 
policy at its 39th annual meeting in 
Pittsburgh, Pa., November 10-13. Now 
the AASHO has decided to drop opposi- 
tion to the federal gasoline tax, but 
want Congress to appropriate more of 
the tax money for highways. Instead of 
the approximately $575,000,000 that the 
Federal government now turns back to 
the states every year, the highway 
officials recommended that $900,000,- 
000 be the very minimum appropriation 
for federal aid. The policy statement 
proposes four authorizations for regular 
federal-aid funds on an annual basis: 
Interstate System, $250,000,000; Pri- 
mary System, $292,000,000; Secondary 
System, $195,000,000; and Urban 
System, $162,000,000. It was further 
recommended that the federal-aid Pri- 
mary, Secondary, and Urban allocations 
be distributed among the states on the 
existing 50-federal and 50-state basis. 

Ability will enable a man to get to 
the top, but character is the only thing 
that will keep him from falling off. 

George A. Brinkley, Fourth Division 
Equipment Superintendent, will grad- 
uate from Atlantic Christian College in 
Wilson in May. 

Brinkley is one highway employee 
who wanted a college education bad 
enough to go to night school at ACC. 
He has been studying nightly at ACC 
for the past three years. Recently he 
was selected as one of the eight ACC 
students for listing in the 1953-54 
edition of "Who's Who Among American 
Universities and Colleges." 

Brinkley will be 4 7 when he gets his 
long-sought college degree. He's mar- 
ried and has three children and one 
grandchild. A son finished at Davidson 
last year and is now taking graduate 
work at Columbia University in New 

Brinkley went to work with the Com- 
mission in 1924. During World War II, 
he served as a captain with the Army 
in North Africa, Sicily and Germany. 
For five years following the war, he 
was chief of the Fayetteville Fire De- 
partment. He returned to highway work 
in 1950. 

Highway Equipment Engineer B. W. 
Davis says Brinkley's studies have not 
affected his job. "He's one of the finest 
men I've got. His shop at Wilson is one 
of the best in the State," boasts Davis. 


Photos by Bill Mingis 


c/o state Highway Commission 
Raleigh, N. C. 

If undeliverable for any reason, PLEASE notify 
sender on Form 3547. Postage for which is 

Sec. 34.66, P.L. & R. 


Raleigh, N. C. 
Permit No. 287 



A Magazine for employees of the North Carolina State 
Highway and Public Works Commission 

PubUshed Bi->Ionthly By 
Raleigh. N. C. 

Volume IV MARCH-APRIL, 1954 Number 5 




J. Emmett Winslow, 

Forrest Lockey, 



H. Maynard Hicks, 

James A. Gray, Jr., 

Snow Hill 


C. Heide Trask, 

James A. Hardison, 



M. E. Robinson, 

W. Ralph Winkler, 




June F. Scarborough, 



C. A. Hasty, 

J. Fleming Snipes, 



J. Van Lindley, 

Harry E. Buchanan, 



W. H. Rogers, Jr., State Highway Engineer 

R. B. Peters, General Counsel 

Division Correspondents 

Shibley Callis, 

Edward C. Darden, 



Jasper L. Phillips, 

R. B. Fitzgerald, 



Irene L. Worley, 

Charles R. Smith, 



Wade Pridgen, 

Cora Lee McLean, 


N. Wilkesboro 

J. W. Jenkins, 

Jean Cline, 



Clara Moran, 

Dan Turner, 



P. L. Welch, 

C. J. Beck, 



Margaret Burk, Editor 

Governor Umstead joined Chairman Graham in commending 
the highway forces who turned out over that cold January 
weekend to clear the roads of snow and ice. 

They said all hands had done a great job with shovel and 
snow plow. By working nearly round the clock, the men 
opened and cleared most of the major highways. Most of the 
men worked a full day on Friday and then were called back 
to work all that night clearing the snow. Many of the men kept 
their road scrapers going all day Saturday too. 

When the pressure was on, our road employees were ready. 
They had a job to do and they did it well with no thought for 
themselves. Orderly and quickly, they set about clearing the 
main traffic arteries of snow. They gave unselfishly of their 
energy and time so that others could go safely on their way. 
In the tradition of loyalty and public service, these men were 
on the job when so badly needed. 

X S. peck (>ieJ I 

The Commission was saddened by the death of L. B. P k, 
Division Engineer of the Twelfth Division. He was 54. le 
suffered a heart attack and passed away, February 16 in 

His untimely death marked the end of a lifetime spen in 
the service of the State Highway Commission. His high ly 
service dates from 1919 when he started his engineering ca jr 
in the summer between sophomore and junior years at S te 
College. He worked in the blueprint room in Raleigh, le 
late Frank Page was Highway Chairman at the time. 

Lewis Bernard Peck w^as born January 21, 1900, son of C I. 
and Mary J. Fisher Peck of Cabarrus County. He entered S te 
College in 1917, graduating in 1921 with a degree in engin r- 
ing. He received his degree in civil engineering in 192S. 

He began his permanent connection with the Highway Cn- 
mission, May 20, 1921. In March, 1922, he was transferreco 
Charlotte and worked as an instrumentman on location, [e 
served on the construction of the Yadkin River Bridge betw -ji 
Spencer and Lexington. In 1925, he was promoted to resic it 
engineer and served around the Charlotte and Concord are 

When the Highway Commission was reorganized in 1931, 
Peck became district engineer at Concord in old "D" Divis 
In 1935, he was made assistant division engineer at Statesv 

In 1937, he became division engineer of the old Seve 
Division. He remained in the Seventh until 1949 when he t 
over work in the Ninth Division. 

When the Commission was enlarged to 14 divisions in 1 
Mr. Peck was made division engineer of the Twelfth whic 
composed of Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Ire 
and Lincoln counties. He directed all maintenance and r 
construction in these counties. 

Through his loyal and faithful years of service to 
Highway Commission, he was noted for his sound busi 
acumen, his ability to work smoothly with the public and 
continuing sense of humor. He was one of the Commissi 
most capable and outstanding engineers. The fine networ 
roads in his division stand as a memorial to his life's wor 

He is survived by his wife, the former Irene Taylor 
Louisburg. He leaves a son, Lewis Bernard Peck, Jr.; and 
daughters, Mary Anna, Irene, Nancy Durham, and Betty Lo 

Mr. Peck was a member of the Central Methodist Church 

"Action without study is fatal. Study without action 
futile." — Mary Beard. 

"Thrift is the basis of all the other virtues. To spend 
than you earn — this way lies happiness." — Elbert Hubba 

Not all goodwill programs cost money; one of the 
instruments of public relations ever invented is the smile 

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life 
what we give. 


Broad new paved road now runs down the Outer Banks. Hatters 
Island is at last coming into its own. It has been made accessible by tl 
construction of a new road starting at Oregon Inlet and extending 1 
the village of Hatteras. 

— Photo by Pete Bourke 

Tar Heel 

Roads Enter New Era 


North Carolina's primary highways, 
rrying 73 per cent of the State's rural 
Dtor vehicle traffic, are definitely head- 
into a new era known to engineers 
"limited access." This feature is 
|ainly a safety device in these days 
fast travel and heavy, ever-growing 

These arterial highways have been 
ag neglected. Today finds them the 
imediate object of attention by our 
Commissioners and the general 
idces here. The secondary roads pro- 
am, as important as it was to meet 
e demands of the people, of nec-essity 
nsumed much of the Commission's 
ne and money since the end of World 
ar II. There was neither the time nor 
e man-power to keep the first-line 
ghways in step with the times. But 
w we face the demands of necessity; 
d we must in humaneness try in every 
iv to prevent more slaughter on all 

our 67,500 miles of roads and high- 
,ys. and especially on the heavier 
ed segments. 
Limited access" means greater safe- 

for motorists, but more restrictions 
r roadside business and property 

. ers. It means that traffic will be able 
travel mainline routes safe from 
hides which dart in suddenly from 

- roads, business establishments and 
ate drives. 
Along most State highways, property 

ners have had the right to build as 


close to the road as they wished, pro- 
vided they stayed back of the right-of- 
way line. As a result, every local road 
and driveway tied directly into the main 
highway, and each entering vehicle was 
a real hazard. 

The "limited access" policy, so 
successfully tested in highly congested 
areas of many states, will change all 
that. Under it, only important connect- 
ing roads and streets will tie directly 
into the main routes, and even these will 
be fed by way of specially engineered 
intersections. Crossroads will traverse 
overpasses and underpasses. Cloverleaf 
interchanges will become as common- 
place as bypasses, and sideline traffic 
will be handled by service roads. 

In most cases, service roads will run 
parallel to main highways. A motorist 
wishing to find a tourist court or a fill- 
ing station may pull out of the main 
traffic stream into a service road. Small 
side streets and private drives will, 
where necessary, be set back on service 
roads. And service roads will be pro- 
vided for local use in towns and built- 
up rural areas. 

Strictly speaking, ""limited access" is 
not new in North Carolina. As early as 
1944 and 19 45 our Highway officials and 
engineers were trying to employ this 
feattire. We have several such segments 
in operation now. Perhaps our major 
examples are the sections of US 29-70 
which bypass Thomasville and Lexing- 

ton. These were planned about 1947-4S 
and opened about 1951-52. Other ex- 
amples are found between Durham and 
Chapel Hill, on the Henderson bypass, 
from Gastonia to Kings Mountain, on 
part of the Durham north-side bypass, 
and others. There are about a dozen 
more segments now under construction. 

The basic diffic-ulty is the adverse 
reaction of property owners, especially 
those who derive their livelihoods from 
traffic, such as motels and service 
stations. These owners plead the tradi- 
tional rights of ingress and egress 
which have always attached to abutting 

Only the open-minded can see that 
the basic purpose of the design is to 
impose safety, and that if access is 
limited to all abutting owners, then the 
traffic will seek out the owners, al- 
though it may be necessary to drive an 
extra hundred yards or so. 

Though not yet extensively used, such 
designs have proved their worth in 
terms of accident reduction. Ac"cident 
causes being so many and so difficult to 
isolate, considerable time and many 
miles are necessary to demonstrate 
safety effects by comparison. 

The U. S. Bureau of Public Roads has 
reported that on a national basis, all 
available comparisons indicate that the 
limited access feature of design on rural 
highways results in about one-third the 
(Continued on next page) 

I'icture on left shows major current grading operations 
I the Dawson Strect-Xash Drive Expressway at Peace 

reet in Raleigli. Projects such as this offer the best hope 
' r handling Raleigh's future traffic. 

Scene on right shows Raleigh's most modern and adequate 

— Photos by Pete Bourke 

highway entrance. It's US 7t> and lo-A on South Wilmington 
Street extension. This four-lane section is now fully ade- 
quate for the trjvftic volume, and will be for many jears. 
Traffic can move at road si)eed to edge of Raleigh downtow u 
section in safety. 

A new asphalt surfaced road extents from Oregon Inlet to 
the village of Hatteras, a distance of about 48 miles. The 
road was Just finished by the Highway Commission. E. H. 
Bagg's of Manteo was resident engineer on this road work 
on the Outer Banks. 

Scene on left shows one of small villages along the ro 
Hatteras is the largest of seven such villages. 

In the right scene note the fine road beside the C. 
Hatteras Lighthouse. These scenic and historic spots on 
Outer Banks are now easily accessible by car. 


(Continued from page 1) 

rate of fatalities and one-half the rate 
of accidents per unit of travel as com- 
pared with sections without this feature. 
Other evidence indicates that such de- 
signs are our most potent weapons for 
accident reduction. 

There is no doubt that the removal of 
"side" hazards — such as from crossing 
and entering roads, from parking, and 
from driveways — makes for an in- 
herently safer design, as well as per- 
mitting traffic to move at desirable road 
speeds without the need for constant 
maneuvering, weaving and other tiring 
and dangerous tactics which lead to 
nerve fatigue, irritation and fatal errors 
of driver judgment. 

It is our plan to push this feature 
wherever conditions justify its need. 
"Limited access" is destined to become a 
highly important feature of our primary 
highway system, on which a total of 
approximately $35,000,000 will be spent 
this current fiscal year ending next 
June 3 0. 

Large Road System 

Ours is the largest State system of 
roads in the United States, with only 
three other states, Virginia, West 
Virginia and Delaware, having jurisdic- 
tion over all secondary roads as well as 
primary highways. Additionally, it is 
the duty of our Commission to maintain 
and supervise some 10,000 prisoners. 

To build and maintain roads. North 
Carolina employs about 8,400 regular 
and 2,000 temporary workers. During 

the $200 million rural road program 
now being completed, hundreds of 
temporary workers were employed. 

In an effort to provide a sounder pro- 
gram, one nearer the people. Governor 
William B. Umstead asked the 19 53 
Legislature to consider the feasibility 
of increasing the 10 Divisions. He was 
authorized to appoint a study com- 
mittee, which he did, and it unanimous- 
ly recommended the establishment of 
14 Divisions. Defining these new Divi- 
sions was a tedious task but the new 
structure is working out well. 

Highway Revenue 

Money for highway purposes comes 
from vehicles use tax, gasoline taxes 
and Federal aid, but their expenditure 
comes under the careful scrutiny of the 
Legislature, the Budget Bureau, and 
the State Personnel Department, ex- 
clusive of the Highway Department's 
own officials and auditors. 

With this money is maintained some 
10,800 miles of primary city-to-city 
highways, 54,500 miles of secondary 
roads and aboiit 2,400 miles of primary 
and secondary links inside cities and 
towns. Another $5,000,000 is paid in 
cash as State street aid to the 400 cities 
and towns. Paved roads total, approxi- 
mately 28,800 miles, placing North 
Carolina sixth in the nation in this 

Good roads have been a North Caro- 
lina obsession for many years, though 
it didn't really get under way until 
1921. Since then it has continued with 
unspent force. In no other state, 
perhaps, have the people committed so 

large a part of their wealth and f- 
earnings to better roads, by vote 
their Representatives or themselves ii 
Actually, roads of a sort stretch 
across the State before the Europel 
settlers landed. DeSoto found trails hi 
in 1540. As the country grew, pis 
roads were built, along with d 
thoroughfares, and the people gave 
allotted time every week to road wo 
If a man couldn't work on a particu 
day, he was "fined" his due share. 

Good Roads Association 

With the coming of Rural Free Ml 
Delivery at the last century's end, 
Good Roads Association was born 
North Carolina. Fifteen years later 
the counties were participating to soi 
degree in roadbuilding activities. T 
1915 Legislature authorized an 
propriation of $10,000 and the appoii 
ment of a six-member H i g h w i 
Commission, and two years later t 
Commission got the proceeds frc 
motor vehicle registration, as small 
it was. Then, in 1919, a full-time Cha 
man was authorized. Locke Craig h 
gone down in history as our first "Go 
Roads" Governor. 

Next came the Doughton-Connc 
Bowie Act of 1921, at the outset 
Governor Morrison's term. It was one 
the most important pieces of Highw; 
legislation in the State's history. A nin 
member Highway Commission 
created under it, headed by a full-tin 
Chairman and served by a full-tii 
Highway engineer to supervise all roa 
building. The Commission was giv<, 
(Continued on page 17) 




Base for Flexible Pavements 
Simplified by Moisture Control 

Highway engineers and contractors 
Qow that the most practical aspect of 
staining maximum density in a well 
raded mixture is tlu> maintenance of the 
jtimum moisture content. Moisture 
mits for maximum compaction are 
riot, usually within plus or minus one 
jr cent. Although they are familiar 
ith this fact, usually visual inspection 
materials is the only method followed 
determine moisture content in the 

On light traffic roads visual inspection 
materials may be suitable to obtain 
ecessary moisture content. But when 
mstruction of trunk line highways is 
ivolved, the methods for assuring 
oper moisture content in materials must 
5 far more strict. If tighter control of 
loisture is not employed in such con- 
ruction, the contractor may penalize 
imself. For example, if the base is either 
10 wet or too dry, the contractor may be 
>rced to use as much as double the com- 
ictive effort as that used when optimum 
loisture content is maintained. 
North Carolina engineers emphasized 
16 importance of proper moisture con- 
ol when, in 1952, they made several 
langes in their specifications for base 
)nstruction. These changes include: 
1. The materials for the base course 
:iall be mixed in an approved mechanical 
lixer and water shall be added during 
le mixing operation in an amount to 
lake the total moisture content of the 
lixture not less than five per cent nor 

more than nine per cent by dry weight 
as determined by the laboratory. When 
specified to be used, calcium chloride 
flakes shall be added at the mixing plant 
at the rate of seven pounds per ton of 

2. The base materials shall be spread 
by mechanical spreaders in layers of 
controlled thickness and each course 
shall be shaped and immediately com- 
pacted before the succeeding course is 
placed. The full thickness of base course 
to be constructed shall be placed in 
successive layers as early as practicable 
after the preceding layer has been com- 

3. The base material, when analyzed 
prior to spreading on the road, shall meet 
the following grading requirements: 

Sieve Designation hy Weight Passing 

2 inch 100 

1 inch 75-95 

1/2 inch 60-75 

No. 4 45-60 

No. 40 15-30 

No. 200 (Not less than 5% nor more 
than % the percentage passing the 
No. 40 sieve — P. I. not greater than 
6, L.L. not greater than 25). 
The first project to be constructed under 
these specifications was the section of 
US Route 29, 16.55 miles in length, located 
north of Charlotte. The stabilized aggre- 
gate base course material placed on the 
project averaged more than 2,000 tons 
per working day, and all the work on the 

project was completed in October, 1952. 
The pavement has a total compacted 
thickness of IQY^ inches, 14 inch base 
course and two and one-half inch of 
bituminous surface course. It is holding 
up in an entirely satisfactory manner. 
The traffic on this section is approximate- 
ly 9,000 vehicles per day, 2,300 of which 
are trucks. Since its construction, the 
state has built about 150 miles of similar 

Uniform Moisture Noted 

This project was completed with satis- 
factory results. However, engineers noted 
that in the three lower lifts of the base, 
additional water had to be added at the 
job site due to evaporation of water 
during the haul of material and during 
compaction processes on the road. They 
also noted that the top lift, which con- 
tained calcium chloride as an admixture, 
required much less additional moisture 
to obtain necessary compaction after it 
had been placed on the road. Therefore, 
engineers decided that as soon as possible 
a project would be set up to include 
calcium chloride as an admixture in the 
full depth of the base construction. This 
project is a relocation of US Route 158 
which runs from Norlina to Macon, a 
distance of 5.1 miles. 

The rough grading on the project was 
completed in 1951 by Knight Inc. of 
Reidsville; and the contractor, F. D. 
Cline Paving Co. of Raleigh, began work 
on the base about November 1, 1953. As 
far as construction of the base is concern- 
ed, it was completed in mid-December, 

Points of interest on this project are: 
1. The calcium chloride was included 
(Continued on page 18) 

NoUe how closely the new tanipinji' machine can follow- 
ehind the spreaders. The right picture shows a front view 
f the new Vibro Tamper. That's Resident Engineer H. E. 

^lARCH-APRIL, 1954 

Shaw of AVarrenton on the left. The operator is "Doc" Ball 
of the F. 1). Cline Paving Company. Pictures were made on 
the 5.1 mile relocation of US 158 from Norlina to Macon. 



N.C.S.H.E.A. Association News 

Vol. 4— Edition 3 

March, 193 

for the fine Christmas Card received by 
your Association Secretary which wish- 
ed us all the best. DON'T FORGET TO 
send in your order for the new all-metal 
NCSHEA auto plates with the new de- 
sign; the cost is $1 delivered to you, and 
it is mighty nice to meet these tags on 
cars along the highways. 

HE 5180 is a bill now in the House 
Ways and Means Committee in Wash- 
ington. This bill would exempt the first 
$1500 of retirement income from in- 
come tax, if passed. I suggest you write 
your Congressman in favor of passage 
of this bill. 

1904 in Cleveland County; served with 
Gaston County until State took over 
roads in 1931, has served as Supervisor 
since; member of Baptist Church, 
serving as Deacon since 1932 and as 
Sunday School Superintendent from 
1945 to 1951; Chairman of Building 
Committee since 194 6 during which 
time they have completed a $40,000 
building and now plan a parsonage; 
Mason Lodge member; has hobby of 
dairy cattle; married Maude Kiser and 
has 1 son (Don) and 1 grandson. Fred 
is one of the most faithful and loyal em- 
ployees of the Highway Commission, 
always working for the good of all. 

63,799 active members enrolled in the 

System, with 3,389 members retired as 
of last November; $57,134,984 still un- 
paid by State on prior service; $134,- 
2 86,500 in reserve invested in Govern- 
ment Bonds, County Bonds, Municipal 
Bonds and Housing Authority Bonds. To 
give you an idea of the cost of retire- 
ment, when the System began in 1941, 
the budget for the 1941-43 biennium 
was $3,4 59,572 — the budget for the 
1953-55 biennium is $21,692,501. Some 
increase, eh? One of the finest Systems 
in the Nation, always operating on a 
sound actuarial basis. When prior serv- 
ice is completely paid off, about 10 more 
years at the present rate, budgets can 
be cut and benefits increased at the 
same time. Nathan Yelton, Executive 
Secretary, has done an excellent job and 
will continue to do so. He has always 
shown every willingness to work along 
with the Association in legislative 
matters pertaining to our Retirement 

PAYROLLS — Sam Smith's depart- 
ment is doing an excellent job; Cecil, 
Freda and the others are doing an 
excellent job; checks going out quicker 
than ever — if they get in quickly, they 
go out quickly. In November, a total of 
10,452 checks were written. To give you 
an idea of how checks go out, remem- 
bering that construction and administra- 
tion are handled on the 2 5th: In 
November, a Holiday followed the 2 5th, 
then a Friday followed by 2 days for 

week-end, which must be considered 
talking of length of time it takes to g 
out checks. Even with this, look at t 
following: Divisions 2 and 6 payro! 
received 11/25, mailed 27th — 1 and 
received 27th, mailed 30th; 5, 8, 9, i 
ceived 27th and mailed 1st; 4, 7, 10, 1 
13, 14 all received on 30th; 4, 7, 10, 
mailed on 2nd and others mailed ( 
3rd; Division 11 received on 1st aiV 
mailed on the 3rd. Motor Equipment D 
partment payrolls received on 12/2 ai 
ready at noon on 12/4. Prison Depaij t 
ment received on 12/1 and ready fi 
mailing on 12/4. Remember the ho 
days in between, and remember th 
when several divisions are received 
one time, they can't all be ready to j 
out that same day. The Equipme 
Depot checks are always ready for d 
livery the same day payrolls are receivt 
by the Payroll Department. Rememb 
5 divisions payrolls received at tl 
same time, the day after a Holiday ai 
with only 1 day to work prior to a wee 
end, and 6 divisions received the san 
time after a week-end. The above a 
just typical examples of the efficiency 
which this Department works for yoi 
benefit — I say, and I know I speak f 
the majority, CONGRATULATIO^ 
WELL DONE to "Cousin" Sam, Cec 
Freda, Clayton and the others! 

(Continued on page 20) 

December 11 was a red letter night for the Pitt Chapter 
of NCSHEA of Unit Two. The quarterly meeting was held 
in the highway garage. 

Bratha Abee, Betty Credle, Lillian Catlett, Verna Co.\, 
Loraine Gaylor, Thelnia Exum, Eleanor Taylor, Hazel Baker, 
and Anne Askew served a chicken barbecue dinner to the 
200 or more members and guests. 

Ed Credle m.c.ed a quiz show on "Know Your Associa- 
tion." Paul Harris, L. F. Waters, O. C. Boyd, J. D. Parker, 
,T. K. Martin, and R. E. Smith were the panelists. Bratha 
Abee was the time keeper. Neither side missed a question. 

The quiz ended in a tie and the cash prize was divided. 

Leland and Ada Briley plus their two little daughter 
Carol and Joan, were the Santa Claus family. Carol and Joa 
sang and danced for the group. When the group play 
bingo, Santa and his heli^ers passed out prizes of candie 
raisins, nuts and candy cigarettes. 

Special guests were J. H. Alford of Durham, j>Irs. Fai 
Mallison of Rocky Mount, Mrs. Charlie Snell of Washingtoi 
N. G. Whitford and Vance Barnette of New Bern, A. J. Whil 
of White Construction Company, Margaret Burk, iMildre 
and Otis Banks, and E. T. Pearce of Raleigh. 



Hifiliway employees in the Raleigh oflioes are familiar 
ith the traffic congestion sliown in two scenes above. 

Shot on left shows US 70 and 15-A on Glenwood i\ venue. 
It this point, near Peace Street, it is not unusual for three 
\nes of traffic to be backed up for a full block or more. 

— Photos by Pete Bourke 
At right see another congestion point on Person Street 
near Peace Street. US 1 runs along this section. 

A recently completed origin-destination traffic survey 
should provide the answers to correcting these internal 
traffic problems. 

Traffic Plan Given 

A master traffic plan for Raleigh was 
icently submitted to its City Council, 
be. plan called tor a multipurpose In- 

rnal expressway system, the "backbone" 
which is the Dawson Street express- 
lay, now being built. 

The master expressway plan was in- 
uded in a 100-page report on an origin- 
jstination traffic survey conducted in 
aleigh last May and June. James S. 
urch. Statistics and Planning Engineer, 
lirected the survey and presented the 

The survey found out where vehicles 
anted to go "from here to there" each 
iOur (no matter what streets they 
tually followed) and where trips started 
ad stopped. 

At 69 stations on all entering highways 
bd at "inner circle" crossing streets, all 
rivers were asked for the origin and 
estination of all trips for a full day. At 
le same time, traffic counts, "speed and 
elay" measurements, and classifications 
f vehicle types were made. 

Traffic Is Local 

Some of the facts showed that traffic 
s mainly local in nature, drivers in 
Laleigh's traffic are mainly home folks, 
rip lengths are much shorter than 
enerally supposed, and the "big trucks" 
r tractor-truck-semi-trailers, while in- 
ividually the most objectionable type of 
ehicle, are not as numerous as they may 

The report concluded, "It is obvious 
hat the great need is for additional 
nternal arterial streets or expressways, 
■ropcrly located, designed and protected 
0 provide for the needs of ever-increasing 
raffic volumes." 

Burch presented a master expressway 
dan which suggested that through rural- 
ype belt-lines and by-passes are of no 
iresent or immediate important benefit 

in Raleigh, that rights of way should now 
be reserved for such future projects. 
These would then become inside arterials 
when the city grows out and envelopes 
them. Access should be controlled in the 
early planning stages to prevent them 
from becoming slow, congested streets 
within a few years. , 

Concrete Notes 

Portland cement concrete, like most 
people, enjoys spring and fall weather 
better than the extremes of summer heat 
and winter cold, according to Chief 
Materials Engineer C. E. Proudley. 

Strength tests have been tabulated 
and plotted against the months of the 
year by various investigators. The 
average curves show definite dips in 
January and July. The highest values 
occur in April and October even though 
efforts are made to protect the test 
specimens by putting a lighted oil 
lantern in the curing box when the 
weather is cold or by placing the box in 
a shaded place in hot weather. 

Test specimens require special con- 
sideration in protecting them from 
temperature conditions on the job. 
Being small in volume when compared 
to the structure, the specimens respond 
more quickly to temperature changes 
even when protected by the wooden 
curing box. 

Cold Weather Curing 

Low strengths obtained in cold 
weather are generally not as serious as 
those occurring in a hot spell. The low 
strength may result from the concrete 
being cold when mixed and placed. The 
hydration (chemical processes) in hard- 
ening concrete is fast or slow depending 
upon whether the temperature is high 
or low. Low strength in cold weather 

can be prevented. Using hot mixing 
water can give the concrete a tempera- 
ture of 70 degrees when placed. Careful 
application of heat after the concrete 
is in forms prevents low strength. Ex- 
treme care should be taken to prevent 
the heat from either drying the concrete 
or causing hot spots. Eventually cold 
weather concrete will attain full 
strength if it is neither allowed to freeze 
nor otherwise damaged before it attains 
the strength for which it was designed. 
Should the surface of the concrete 
freeze, someone should be on hand when 
it thaws out to refinish the surface. No 
additional water is needed. More than 
likely there never will be any evidence 
that the surface was frozen. 

Improper Curing 

Hot weather low strengths are very 
serious. Nothing much can be done 
about them once the concrete has set. 
Improper curing means loss of moisture. 
The expansion and contraction of aggre- 
gates takes place as the temperature of 
the concrete goes up and down. The 
concrete is still not old enough or strong 
enough to resist rupture from these 
volume changes. Although these volume 
changes may be microscopic, they are 
enough to weaken the bond between 
the cement and aggregates. 

Anyone who thinks curing concrete 
is only a matter of keeping it from dry- 
ing out should make a study of the 
subject. The latest information shows 
that keeping the temperature of fresh 
concrete as nearly uniform as possible 
is just as important as keeping it wet. 
This is especially true in hot weather. 

An excellent structure or pavement 
can be ruined by inattention to pro- 
tection against temperature change as 
well as moisture loss during the first 
4 8 hours of its life. 




Metal pipe culvert' specialists attended one-day conference 
in Raleigh in December. Pete Bourke took this picture of the 
group in the Commission Room. 

Prom left to right see, J. R. Brandon of the State High- 
way Commission, T. F. deCaplteau of Republic Steel, R. E. 
Fadum of N. C. State College, G. E. Shafer and Boyd Steed 
of Armco, W. H. Rogers, Jr., H. D. Hester, A. T. O'Berry, 

C. G. Jackson, and C. E. Proudley (presiding) of the Hig 
way Commission, Howard White, Don Wolford, and Jo 
Timmers of Armco, A. Duke Morgan of the Commissi* 
M. G. Spangler of Iowa State College, and Nicholas Costes 
the Commission. 

Dr. John W. Cell, math professor of State College, w 
not present when iiicture made. 

Specialists Confer 

Metal culvert pipe specialists met In 
Raleigh, December 15, to study data 
obtained after 18 months of observation 
of the experimental multi-plate corru- 
gated metal pipe line on project 8 521, 
Buncombe-McDovcell counties. The pro- 
ject is the six-mile relocation of US 70 
between Old Fort and Ridgecrest. 

Chief Materials Engineer C. E. Proud- 
ley had invited an august group: re- 
search and civil engineering professors 
from N. C. State College and Iowa State 
College as well as manufacturing repre- 
sentatives of corrugated metal culvert 
pipe, to confer with the Commission's 
engineers and technicians. Chairman 
A. H. Graham greeted the visiting 

Materials Research Engineer A. Duke 
Morgan and Nicholas Costes, research 
analyst, described the construction and 
investigational procedures used on the 
pipe. Briefly, the pipe, constructed in 
the summer of 19 52, Is 66 inches in 
diameter and 576 feet long. A fill, 172 
feet high, was placed over it to carry a 
dual-lane roadway. ROADWAYS, as well 
as technical and trade magazines 
throughout the country, has carried 
articles describing the construction of 
the road project. The experiment on the 
pipe has gained national attention be- 
cause of the magnitude of the fill, 172 

Effect of Load 

The object of the pipe study was to 
learn the effect of load on this type of 
structure as influenced by environ- 
mental conditions of installation and the 

height of fill. Periodic inspections and 
measurements, checking the settling 
and changing stresses, will continue for 
a number of years. 

The group discussed the behavior of 
the various instruments which measure 
the movement and deformation of the 
pipe line and the surrounding fill ma- 
terial. They tried to evaluate the data 

Materials Manual Available 

The Manual of Instructions for 
Sampling, Inspection, and Testing of 
Construction Materials for Roads and 
Structures Is available through the 
materials inspector assigned your di- 
vision or through a request to Chief 
Materials Engineer C. E. Proudley. 
c/o State Highway Commission, 

The latest revision of the manual 
was made in February, 1953. The 39- 
page mimeographed publication gives 
detailed instructions for taking 
samples, shipping samples to the lab, 
performing certain field tests of 
aggregates, concrete and bituminous 
mixtures. It is full of general infor- 
mation which every qualified resident 
engineer and inspector should know. 

If you've misplaced your materials 
manual, see the materials inspector 
in your division or write, Mr. 

Many of those who attended t 
Raleigh conference had met the d 
before in Asheville and had made 
detailed, on-the-spot examination of t. j 
condition of the culvert and fill. 

Among the distinguished enginee 
and specialists were Professor M. 
Spangler of Iowa State College, a n 
tional authority on the engineerh 
principles Involved in construction 
the fill; Dr. R. E. Fadum, head of tl 
Civil Engineering Department at N. 
State College; Dr. John W. Cell, profe 
sor of math at State College; and G. 
Shafer and T. F. deCaplteau, design ar 
research representatives of corrugatt 
metal culvert pipe manufacturers. 

Tatum Passes 

District mechanic William P. Tatum 
Sanford died January 15. 

Bill was only 53 years of age. He ha 
been with the Commission for 30 year 
He is survived by his widow, one son, an 
four daughters. 

Bill Tatum was a great deer hunte: 
Proof of his success were three mounte 
deer heads which hung in his office an 
at home. 

He had a reputation for knowing th 
parts and mechanical work on most an 
type of highway equipment. 

not only in relation to this particular 
project but also for any future research. 

The starting of each day is always th 
hardest task we have to perform. Yet 
if someone with a pleasant smile says 
"Good Morning," then our day beconif 
a pleasant success from the start. 






ll EWS from Accounting . . . Edith 
•ocker is resigning to devote full time to 
useket'ping . . . Emily Sinsley and Clay- 
h High both took some vacation recently 
Mary Turner reports a fine trip to 
feit her sister and family in Key West, 
orida . . . Cecil Stearnes had his 
ughter, Mrs. Jean Nardiello of Long 
land, plus her two little girls visiting 
er the holidays . . . Marie Narron has 
en added to the permanent pay-roll . . . 
e hope Ruth Boone's father is better; 
I's been in the Veterans Hospital at 

UP IN ROADWAY Dan Allen ventured 
t of Wake County to bring his dog, 
3xy, home after a six-week training 
urse in Farmington . . . J. L. Morson is 
lite proud of his limit of birds — one for 
e season . . . Raymond H. Steinierg is 
new employee in the drafting room. 
BARBARA SYKES of the Legal Depart- 
ent is all aglow after telling everyone 
out her engagement to State College 
aduate, Walter Schacht of Leaksville 
They'll marry the week-end of July 

DOT B. MEDLIN is now a permanent 
aployee in Personnel . . . Mary Gray 
nes is helping out temporarily. 


Ware was out sick a week; he"s back 
id better now . . . Pauline Pleasants is 

the market for a farm in Wake County, 
eferably near Cary . . . John D. Walton 

the Harricane was busy after the big 
in and snow in January; he's finally 
imped out the swimming pool in his 
sement . . . The Graham Egertons both 
ive green thumbs . . . Mrs. Egerton is 
esident of the Raleigh Garden Club 
ihile Mr. Egerton is president of the 
aleigh Men's Horticulture Club . . . The 

A. Ellises were glad to have their son 

home briefly between semesters at Camp- 
bell . . . Ed Gill was sorry to lose his 
prize Irish setter; the dog swallowed a 
rock and died. 

Burch attended a Highway Research Board 
meeting in Washington, D. C, during the 
big snow in January . . . His secretary. 
Flora McDonald, fell and fractured her 
arm; she was home the month of January 
but is now back on the job ... Blanchie 
B7-adley spent the Christmas holidays 
visiting her brother in Wilmington . . . 
D07iald Corwin is a new employee . . . 
W. M. Cherkas. Jr., has just started to 
work; he'll assist Polk Denmark . . . 
Former employee Helen Puckett is now 
the proud mother of a baby boy who was 
born, January 10 . . . Marie Hall was 
home with flu for two weeks; we're glad 
she's better and back at work now. 

BITUMINOUS Engineer T. V. Fahne- 

stock attended the annual meeting of the 
Asphalt Paving Technologists in Louis- 
ville, Kentucky. 

W. E. HAWKINS' secretary, Bobbie 
Jean Ray, was married to Kenneth 
Herring, January 31 . . . The Sunday 
afternoon ceremony was held in Selma's 
Methodist Church. 

BETSY PENNY who formerly worked 
in Highway Purchasing is back now . . . 
She's working in the Right-of-Way 

LANDSCAPE NEWS . . . Fra7ik Brant 
attended the Highway Research Board 
meeting in Washington, D. C, January 
12-16 . . . He's doing a fine job as chairman 
of the Committee on Roadside Develop- 
ment . . . His secretary, Irma Callahan, 
was out sick a week; she's back now . . . 
Landscape Man W. E. George of Burgaw 
took a vacation in Florida. 

The last day before Christiiia.s lioliday.s, tlio folks in tlu' Kaleigh equipment office 
had their annual informal party. They had a small decorated tree and served cokes 
and cookies. 

First; row, from left are Ethel Jones, Joanne Daniel, Vera Graham, OUie Roberts, 
and Edith Williams. 

Second row, from left see Essie Ruth Jones, Sarah Peele, Prances Stephenson, 
Julian Ray, and B. W. Davis. 

Third row, from left are Margaret Seagroves, Dorothy Stei>hens, R. G. Setzer, 
Myrtle Wall, and J. V. Clifton. 

[ARCH-APRIL, 1954 



Folks from Personnel, Right-of-Way, Safety, Legal, State Engineer's, Chairman's 
and Public Relations offices, all on the second floor of the Raleigh highway build- 
ing pooled their talents for an informal Christmas party in the Commission Room. 

Earl Crump was master of ceremonies, A. H. Graham read the Christmas scrip- 
ture. Brooks Peters gave a prayer, Ina Ferrell read a poem, Ken Wooten lead 
groui) carol singing, and W. H. Rogers, Jr., played Santa and passed out the in- 
expensive gifts (50 cents limit). Right-of-Way furnished a small decorated tree 
and Avis Knight was in charge of the refreshments. 

CLAUDE E. WATKINS of the Bridge 
Maintenance Warehouse in Raleigh has 
been hospitalized at Mary Elizabeth for 
an operation; we hope he's much better 
. . . We're sorry that A. 8. Furtado's 
mother-in-law recently had a stroke. 

THE DIVISION Equipment Superin- 
tendents met in Raleigh, February 9, 
for a one-day briefing . . . State Equipment 
Engineer B. W. Davis journeyed to Wash- 
ington to attend meetings of the Highway 
Research Board . , . Mrs. Doris Barham 
has replaced Mrs. Ollie Roberts who left 
the State to join her husband at Fort 
Riley, Kansas . . . Mrs. Frances Stephen- 
son was out for a week for a minor opera- 
tion at Mary Elizabeth Hospital. 

PRISON DOINGS . . . Mrs. Evelyn 
Ramey transferred from the Prison De- 
partment to the Department of Agricul- 
ture, January 1 . . . Mrs. Virginia 
Ofcharik resigned due to her health in 
January . . . Mrs. Edith Allen resigned 
to devote full-time to housekeeping . . . 
There are three new employees: Mrs. 
Josephine M. Upchurch, Mrs. Margaret 
Pollock, and Mrs. Peggy R. Jones . . . 
W. L. Fleming took his family to the 
western part of the State for Christmas 
. . . Mrs. R. G. King and her family went 
to Cleveland, Ohio, for the holidays . . . 
Mrs. Delia Mitchell spent her holidays in 
Norfolk and Elizabeth City . . . Mrs. Dell 
McCotter went to Oriental for Christmas 
. . . The Blaine Madisons recently moved 
into their lovely now home on McDonald 

UP IN THE BRIDGE Department, Ben 
Terrell has been all smiles since the birth 
of a son, Benjamin Park, III, Januai-y 7 
. . . Joseph J. Baldwin, a former employee 
with a service record of some 15 years, 
has returned to work in the hydrographic 
department . . . James G. Barloiv, a State 

College student, is working part-time in 
the drafting room . . . Jessie Ruth Norris 
and Ralph F. Oivens were both out briefly 
with the flu . . . 8am Usry and John 
Wiggins were both out several days for 
Wake County Superior Court jury duty 
. . . Annie Ruth 8ugg was among the 
group of Raleigh Little Theatre members 
who chartered a bus and went to Rich- 
mond to see the "Caine Mutiny Court 
Martial" . . . W. J. Broivn motored to 
Texas and Florida during the Christmas 

Mount recently had an operation . . . She's 
at home now and making a fine recovery. 

had a tea for the wives of the members of 
the N. C. Society of Engineers, January 
29, Mrs. Graham Egerton directed the 
flower decoration of the Governor's 


Division Correspondent 

Congratulations to j. z. caune 

and Ottis L. Potter who were promoted 
to engineering aide II's, January 1. 

WE WERE SORRY to learn of Carl 
Austin's confinement in the hospital 
following a car accident, January 16 . . . 
Carl worked with the Commission some- 
time ago on a temporary basis ... He is 
the son of C. B. Austin, section foreman 
in Beaufort County. 

SYMPATHY is extended Mrs. Wilson 
Peed in the death of her father, William 
T. Rayburn, January 19 . . . Her husband 
is a gang foreman in Beaufort County. 

G. C. PHILLIPS and his wife spent the 
Christmas holidays visiting their children 

in Durham . . . L. B. Cox and C. L. Gr 

also took a few days of vacation duri 

SECTION foreman Elbert Bullock 
nursing facial burns received when a 
kettle exploded. 

R. M. Spear, recently spent a few d; 
in the Pitt Memorial Hospital. 

IT'S GOOD to see section forem 
Willie Adams back at work after 
extended illness. 

HOMESITES were recently purchas 
by L. B. Cox, L. F. Waters, and Mr. a 
Mrs. Carl Abee, Jr. 

C. B. WICKER, division prison sup 
visor at Asheboro, and K. B. Bail 
Warden of Central Prison, were rect 
visitors at the division highway shop 

BEST WISHES to the newly-weds . 
Ottis L. Potter was married to Franc 
A. Elks, December 26 . . . They hon 
mooned in Florida . . . Ottis is 

THE SECOND was saddened by t 
death of Dcuyey R. Ellis, January 17 
He was a mechanic in the division shoi 

SYMPATHY goes to E. M. Woolard 
the loss of his brother in December. 


Division Correspondent 


II E'RE MIGHTY thankful that evei 
one enjoyed the Christmas holidays a 
that all returned safe and sound to woi 

JANUARY 21, was "F" Day in Burgs 
. . . Steno Marie Ferrell moved into h 
new home . . . She said she waited 
years for that day . . . We know she a; 
her family will enjoy living in a home 
their own. 

Pvt. Richard B. Tharrington is no 
in Korea. Before going in servic 
Richard was a Trades Apprentice in tl 
Raleigh Equipment Depot machine sho 




THOSE who couldn't attend the 
^■eddingof T. T. (Thad) Carroll's daughter 
lissed the chance of a lifetime in not 
eeing Mr. Thad really dressed up. 

DECEMBER 18 was Ladies Night for 
he Duplin Chapter of NCSHEA . . . 
lembers and guests put away pig and 
hicken barbecue . . . After the feed, the 
oiks danced to string music . . . Special 
isitors were the C. E. Browns, the B. 
Vliitesides, Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Biberstein 
lul daughter, and Otis Banks. 
KVERYONE'S "Buzzing" with plans for 
barbecue, March 5, to dedicate the new 
ivision shops at Wilmington. 
SICK LIST . . . Evans McCullen. 
ngineering aide, is back on the job after 
short hospital stay ... He injured his 
ark while beaching a boat on Armistice 
)ay . . . Right-of-Way Engineer A. Z. 
ViUiams was out sick a few days . . . 
Irs. 0. R. Brinson, wife of the machine 
■perator, was seriously ill in the James 
iValker Hospital in Wilmington . . . We 
nope she's much better. 

THE R. A. ASHWORTHS attended the 
jvinter meeting of the N. C. Society of 
engineers in Raleigh, January 29-30. 

IRENE WORLEY extends appreciation 
0 the Third Division office for their kind 
xpression of sympathy when her father 
lied, December 21 . . . Our sympathy goes 
0 E. G. Harris in the loss of his mother. 

FOREMAN E. O. Littleton and G. F. 
j/o/cM recently retired after many years 
>f loyal service . . . Mr. Littleton left in 
Fanuary, Mr. Broun in March . . . We 
vish them many more happy and useful 

"oi eman Patterson took in many of the 
iState basketball games in the Colliseum. 

I Mr. and Mr.s. John W. Lambeth are 
jinighty proud of their two children. 
Frances Gray was nine months old and 
John Ervin was 31 months old when 
'picture made. Mr. Lambeth is an auto- 
motive parts clerk at the Raleigh Equip- 

'ment Depot. 



INSPECTOR Paul Cameron reports a 
successful bird hunting experience during 
his vacation in December. 


Division Correspondent 

D AVE HANCOCK drove his wife, son, 
and baby daughter up to Massachusetts 
to spend Christmas and New Year's holi- 
days with his parents . . . Because of snow 
and ice. Dave returned by train to N. C. 
and left his family . . . He went back up 
north the last of January and fetched his 
family home . . . Dave reports he and his 
wife especially enjoyed their stop-over in 
New York City where they took in the 
radio show. "Two for tlu' Money." 

4 - 

Ellis It. Shorl and Linda Lee Cain 
cut their bridal cake after their wed- 
ding, December 20. They were married 
in the Trinity Baptist Church of Fayette- 
ville. Mrs. Short is the daughter of E. P. 
Cain of Elizabethtown who is a main- 
tenance employee in Bladen County. 

who is flashing a diamond ring . . . She 
is engaged to Tommy G. Perry, a senior 
at East Carolina College in Greenville 
. . . They plan to marry soon after his 
graduation in May . . . Audrey is a 
stenographer clerk in the division office. 

A SPEEDY recovery to Mrs. Sidney 
Holmes who is home recuperating from 
an operation at Mary Elizabeth Hospital 
in Raleigh . . . Her husband is division 
road oil supervisor. 

WE'RE GLAD Mrs. Mabel Askea is 
back at work after a siege of flu . . . She's 
a stenographer clerk in the division shop. 

OUR DEEPEST sympathy to Homer 
Batchelor of Location in the recent death 
of his father. 

TIME OUT . . . Mrs. Vernice Benton 
and her husband. Bill, spent Christmas 
in Richmond with her sister . . . Mrs. 


Gang foreman J. C. Bray of Yadkin- 
ville proudly displays a 20-pound coon. 
Bray's dogs trailed the coon to his hole, 
dug him out and fought with him for 
35 minutes before subduing him. 

Benton is a stenographer clerk in the 
division equipment shop . . . Division 
engineer E. P. Koonce spent his Christmas 
holidays bird hunting . . . He reports 
several good kills . . . Engineering aide 
Frank Daino took his wife to visit rela- 
tives in New Jersey over Christmas . . . 
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Ezzell spent Christmas 
with his sister, Mrs. Claude Rivenbark, 
in Wallace . . . Mr. Ezzell is shop foreman 
with the Equipment Department . . . Mr. 
and Mrs. Gray Lamm spent their vacation 
in Florida . . . The trip was wonderful 
according to Mr. Lamm . . . He's in Right- 
of-Way . . . Edward C. Davenjjort and his 
parents spent Christmas in Florida . . . 
They took in Silver Springs, Tampa, St. 
Petersburg, and Sarasota . . . Edward is 
in Construction. 

MR. AND MRS. G. C. Eason are very 
pleased with their new little daughter . . . 
She weighed seven pounds . . . Mr. Eason 
is employed with Road Oil. 

RESIDENT engineer S. 0. Southall. Jr.. 
had a big time when he attended the Elk's 
Bowl game at East Carolina College. 


Division Correspondent' 

Durham county doings . . . Mrs. 
Margie D. Sanders, efficient secretary of 
the Second District office for the past six 
years, resigned December 1 . . . All of the 
Division Five and District Two office 
personnel enjoyed a Christmas party . . . 
Among the folks on hand were Division 
engineer Hunter Irving. Assistant division 
engineer J. W. Jenkins. Division prison 
supervisor M. S. Hodges. Sign supervisor 
/?. F. Wheeler. Road Oil supervisor James 
McQueen. Landscape engineer J. W. 


11 you travcllcHl between Troy and 
Albemarle back In 1920, you had to take 
the Swift Island Ferry on old NC 73. The 
ferry tender had to pole across the 
stream. In 1921, the Commission built 
a bridge here. 

Fuller, Office engineer John Monk Webi, 
Highway engineer Quinton Sorrell, Secre- 
tary Dorothy Hilliard, Secretary Mattie 
Hall, Secretary Ruth Mangum, District 
engineer M. T. Adkins, Right-of-Way 
engineer W. D. Moon, and Supervisors 
C. W. Crissman, Kirk, Duncan, Roy Beard, 
Kyle Jones; and Equipment superin- 
tendent Henry Alford ... It was one of 
the best get-togethers ever . . . Kirk 
Duncan is back at work after a stay in 
the hospital . . . Hoyle Thacker trans- 
ferred from Construction to the Right-of- 
Way Department ... J. Monk Webb spent 
a few of the holidays at his old home in 
Atlanta . . . B. F. (Ben) Wheeler is mighty 
proud of his fine new sign shop in 

Harry L. Compton is all smiles since the 
birth of his son, Timothy Lee, January 
13 . . . Our sympathy goes to section 
foreman Harry B. Royster in the recent 
deaths of his mother and mother-in-law 
. . . Maintenance supervisor Roy H. Beard 
is now in Florida recovering from a leg 
injury . . . He has been on sick leave 
since last November . . . His fellow 
employees are glad to hear that he is 
doing fine . . . Gang foreman Giles E. 
Crutcher has been doing a good job sub- 
stituting for Mr. Beard . . . Patch foreman 
Albert S. May is well on the road to 
recovery from his recent appendectomy 
. . . There were many bird hunters in 
Granville, but Joe Greenway claims he 
was the leading hunter. 

PERSON COUNTY employees enjoyed 
another Ladies Night, December 18 . . . 
The party was held in the V. F. W. hut 
in Roxboro ... A picnic lunch was served 
. . . Afterwards they square danced . . . 
Kyle (Deacon) Jones, maintenance super- 
visor, has tried mighty hard to get that 
turkey this year, but so far he hasn't . . . 
Our deepest sympathy to the family of 
J. Webb Frederick, gang foreman, who 

died December 1 . . . He had been doing 
a good job for the Commission since 1936 
... He will be missed by his many high- 
way friends. 

GANG FOREMAN G. W. Pruitt of Bunn 
held his annual chitterling supper, Satur- 
day, December 19, at his home . . . Among 
the guests were J. P. Broicn, Earl Crump, 
Wilson Southall, M. Z. Morris, R. W. 
Moore, F. S. Clark, A. W. Foivlcr, and 
8. F. Holmes. 

THE FOLLOWING Construction men 
took long Christmas vacations: Resident 
engineer T. J. Boardman, J. R. Jones, J. B. 
Chamblee, Frank Holding, E. T. Cozart, 
Jr., Kenneth Horton, Jr., B. A. Perry, 
J. R. Hicks, Jr., and J. B. Harrison . . . 
From all reports, they enjoyed their time 
off and came back refreshed to work. 

LITTLE Va7in Denton, son of P. G. 

The folks responsible for fine ( hiisi- 
mas meeting of the Pitt' Chapter of 
NCSHEA at the Highway Garage in 
Greenville pose for their picture. 

Front row, from left, Paul Crawford, 
H. L. Vincent (vice-chairman,) Carol 
Briley, and Joan Briley. 

Second row, Jasper Boyd, C. D. Bass 
(secretary-treasurer), L. F. Waters, 
H. L. Briley, and Ada Briley. 

Third row, Lonnie Buck who i)repared 
the chicken barbecue, Anne Askew 
(chairman), and E. D. Credle. 

Anne gave an impromptu skit on 
newly-wed "Dorothy Dumb" shopping 
for her first Christmas dinner. 

Denton, is reported doing nicely after 
being hospitalized with spinal meningitis. 

GET J. T. REAL, payloader operator, 
to tell you about the brand new little girl, 
Nellie Katherine, at his house. 

temporary section foreman helper, on his 
marriage to Clorle Magalen Tant, Decem- 
ber 23 . . . They were married in Pilot. 

FOREMAN C. B. Alford can tell you all 
about the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, 

Tennessee, since he attended oi 
performance in December. 

HIGHWAY employees of Bunn he 
their annual Christmas barbecue supp 
at the Prison Camp, December 23 
Everyone consumed quantities of pig ai 
chicken barbecue, slaw, potato salad, ai 

EMPLOYEES of the Raleigh distri 
office enjoyed their Christmas part 
December 23 . . . Barbecue with all tl 
trimmings was served . . . Among tl 
guests were E. T. Pearce, Hunter Irvin 
and Mr. Andrews of N. C. Products . 
It was a fine party. 

IT'S GOOD to have Gang foreman S 
Hoioard back on the job after an extend* 
illness . . . Motor operator P. R. Ray 
convalescing at home after a prolonge 
stay in Duke Hospital. 


Division Correspondent' 




HE CHRISTMAS party for divisio 
office personnel and guests was hel 
December 19, at the State Highway Patn 
Club . . . About 40 people enjoyed a stea 
dinner . . . Division engineer L. E. Whi\ 
field was master of ceremonies and di 
tributed the gifts . . . Afterwards, he lea 
carol singing . . . Honor guests were Cort 
missioner and Mrs. Hasty plus thei 
daughter, Jane, and Third Divisio. 
Engineer and Mrs. C. E. Broion. 

visitors to Florida included Commissione 
Hasty and his family, District enginee 
and Mrs. Sam Wilson, Resident enginee 

Brenda Sue Sutton, fourth little gir| 
to arrive at the George Sutton hom 
was born September 19. Her daddy 
building superintendent of the Raleiglj 
Itighway building, is the man who keepi 
the building maintained and in goot 
working order. George has been witlj 
the State for ten years. 




I C. Butler, and Section foreman J. L. 
nee . ■ ■ The Hasty famihj drove from 
jxton to Florida where they boarded a 
|it for Cuba . . . They spent thre^ 
nderful days in Cuba and took in all 
j; tourist attractions . . . The Wilsons 
tended the Orange Bowl game, visited 
ami, Marineland, and returned home 
I the east coast . . . Kesler Butler said 
i Florida weather was perfect, but he 
s glad to get back to the Old North 
ite and Fayetteville . . . Blount White- 
e, Jr.. of Construction in Fayetteville, 
kored to Texas in December ... He 
iited relatives in Dallas, San Antonio, 
d Amarillo ... A. 8. Haire, Bladen 
unty maintenance employee, joui'neyed 
New York to visit relatives over Christ- 
is .. . D. P. Propst. maintenance em- 
)yee of Fayetteville, took his family to 
)rganton during Christmas to see rela- 
es . . . Section foreman helper J. C. 
latt of Columbus County visited his son 
Dallas, Texas, during the holidays . . . 
■. and Mrs. W. B. Martin, Sr., of Lum- 
rton vacationed in Montgomery, Ala- 
ma, in January . . . Mr. Martin is in 
Hintenance . . . Columbus County em- 
ftyee W. F. Hammond visited his sister 
I Williamsburg, Virginia, during Christ- 
lis . . . Gang foreman Haynes Ivey 
feited his daughter in Norfolk during 
e holidays . . . Gang Sub-foreman T. D. 
dridye went to Newport News to see 
j daughter at Christmas. 
!GET WELL WISHES to Section fore- 
kn D. F. Hammond who has been out 
;k since December 9 . . . To C ff. Helms. 
aintenance employee of Fayetteville, 
110 is recuperating from a back injury 
i . To Gang foreman Homer Smith who 
IS quite ill in the Lumberton Hospital 
. To Machine operator Willard Tatum 
10 is convalescing from a recent opera- 

These flue, bright-eyed youngsters 
•e Harry and Kenneth Kelly, grandsons 
f Second Division Prison Supervisor 
lid Mrs. J. Li. McDonald. They were 
lighty excited when Santa left two 
icycles at their home. 

lARCH-APRIL, 1954 

tion in the Bladen County hospital . . . 
Mr. Tatum is a Bladen County main- 
tenance employee ... To Justin Byrd. 
Rolieson County maintenance employee of 
Lumberton, who was hospitalized in Jan- 
uary, but is now recovering at home . . . 
And to H. C. Daniel of Autryville who was 
out sick in December. 

PRISON GUARD Junior Martin is back 
on the job after a two week illness . . . 
He works at Camp 603 in Fayetteville. 

MAINTENANCE employee H. K. Autry 
of Fayetteville has a very profitable spare- 
time hobby . . . He does a thriving 
liusiness by repairing radios. 

W. F. Britt, Jr.. of Lumberton on the birth 
of a fine daughter, Lena Mae, December 
1 . . . Mr. Britt is a maintenance employee 
in Robeson County. 

OUR SYMPATHY to Clarence Taylor in 
the death of his wife in December . . . 
Mr. Taylor is a guard at Prison Camp 602, 

Mrs. Carrie P a r s o n s of Tvoy is 
mighty proud of her fannly. That's her 
husband, A. T. Parsons, on the right, 
and her son, A. T. Parsons, Jr., on the 

The senior Parsons is gang foreman 
in Montgomery County. He has been 
with the Commission for over 38 years. 
He and his family are members of the 
Laurel Hill Baptist Church. 

A. T., Jr., i.s 16. Some day lie hopes 
to be a Baptist minister. 

The Parsons' youngest daughter, 
liouise, is in nurses training at Mercy 
School of Nursing in Charlotte. 

Their older daughter, Josephine, is 
married to (i. T. Haywood. They have 
tliree lovely children: Frances who is 
five; Tilman, four, and Ilonald, two. 

The Parsons are typical of the many 
fine families associated witli the High- 
way Commission. 

RICHARD EDMUND worked in the 
district equipment office at Whiteville 
until December 7, when he was inducted 
into the Army . . . He's now stationed at 
Camp Gordon. Georgia. 

BEST WISHES to Machine operator 
Lloyd F. Hammonds on his marriage to 


Maintenance supervisor U. L. Brown 
of Charlotte recently welcomed his son, 
Robert, Jr., home after 23 months serv- 
ice in Korea. 

Colonel Brown lias a long career in 
the .service of his country. He has been 
singled out for several distinguished 
awards. His latest decoration is a bronze 
star for meritorious service while serv- 
ing as chief oflicer of the Quarter- 
master Corps' Service Center in Korea. 

His return in early December assured 
a joyous Christmas for his wife and 
tliree sons. From left, see ten-year old 
Robert III, Mrs. Brown, two-year old 
Donald, and four-year old Luther, held 
l)y Col. Brown. 

It's easy to see why Col. Brown did 
a good .job in a difficult .situation. He 
takes after his dad. 

Col. Brown is now stationed in 

Mary Ann Hooks of Fort Pierce, Florida, 
November 10 . . . They now live in 
Columbus County. 


p. L. WELCH 
Division Correspondent 


M. HE OFFICE personnel of Division 
Seven and District Two held their annual 
Christmas party, December 23 ... A 
merry time was had by all who partici- 
pated in the "Pollyannas" . . . P. L. 
Welch made a fine Santa . . . Everyone 
was well-pleased with his distribution of 
presents . . . Fruit cake and cokes were 
served to about 15 employees. 

OUR HATS are off to the highway 
forces in Guilford and Rockingham 
counties who worked overtime in remov- 
ing the Big Snow in January ... By that 
Sunday afternoon, they had the main 
roads cleared, including many county 


Little David Postoii was one happy 
boy on Christmas morning when he 
foiuid the tricycle Santa left him. David, 
son of Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Toston of 
Shelby, has fully recovered from his 
injuries. He fell out of a moving car. 
His dad is a highway employee in the 
Twelfth Division. 

BASKETBALL enthusiasts P. L. Welch, 
J. I. Lynch, Jr., R. 8. Thomas, and W. W. 
White took in a few games of the Dixie 
Classics in Raleigh. 

HIGHWAY engineer W. C. Edwards 
and Highway inspector W. C. Hitchcock 
went deer hunting in December at Mt. 
Mitchell . . . Mr. Edwards bagged a nine 
point buck! 

ABOUT FORTY guests enjoyed the 
lovely open house which the J. B. Clif- 
tons held Christmas at their home on the 
Hawfield Church Road . . . Mr. Clifton is 
a resident engineer in the First District. 

GET ROAD maintenance supervisor 
J. B. Taylor to tell you about his boy, 
Jerry, who made the varsity basketball 
team at Graham High School . . . Jerry 
is a junior . . . His dad is very proud of 

CONGRATULATIONS to the newly- 
weds . . . Road maintenance supervisor 
C. 7. Walters gave his daughter, Frances 
Sue, in marriage to Thomas Pope, Decem- 
ber 27 . . . The couple were married at 
the Hillsboro Baptist Church . . . They 
honeymooned in Florida and are now at 
home in Hillsboro . . . Teddy E. Hunter, 
son of James Hunter, Section Foreman 
in Alamance County, was married to 
Stella Mae Bundren, December 8, at the 
parsonage of the Hyco Baptist Church in 
Mebane . . . The Rev. R. B. Ramsey 
officiated . . . Teddy is in the Army . . . 
He has since reported to San Francisco 
for duty in Okinawa. 

OUR SYMPATHY goes to J. L. Scruggs 
in the death of his mother-in-law, Mrs 
Dorcas Falvey . . . Mr. Scruggs is in 
Construction ... To J. Daniel Gwynn in 
the recent death of his sister, Mrs. Bess 

Covington, of Danville, Virginia ... To 
William B. Witty in the death of his 
father-in-law, December 19 ... To Elmer 
Cox, mechanic at the district shop in 
Graham, in the recent death of his father, 
W. C. Cox of Ramseur . . . And to the 
family and many friends of Oran H. 
Dodson, section foreman in Orange 
County, who died December 12 . . . Mr. 
Dodson had been with the Commission 
for 13 years. 

FOREMAN Leslie J. Whitt in Alamance 
County retired on disability, January 1. 

TWO MEN in Construction are sporting 
new cars . . . Jerry Bullard is driving a 
1954 Mercury, Williard Perry has a new 

WELCOME to two new employees: 
H. E. Collins and D. A. McCollum . . . 
Both are engineering aides in 
Construction at Greensboro. 

recently employed as a stenographer-clerk 
in the division office . . . We're glad to 
have her. 

Prisoners at Stanly County Camp 
1005 were greeted by this inviting 
dinner table on Christmas. Note the 
festive decorations. Ray Bass is super- 

THE SICK LIST includes Woodie G. 
BoiMtt, truck driver in Orange County, 
who was hurt in an accident Christmas 
Day while he was spreading sand on 
Bolin Creek Bridge near Chapel Hill; 
Gang foreman Eli Welch who was in the 
hospital a few days over Christmas, but 
is now back at work; Scott A. Campbell, 
section foreman in Alamance County, who 
was out with flu; Don 8. Pettigrew, sec- 
tion foreman helper in Alamance County, 
who was recently hospitalized; Motor 
grader operator James R. Whitt's wife, 
Rosa Ella, who was a patient at the 
Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem; Mrs. 
Verna C. Roivland, wife of Edward M. 
Rowland, who has recently spent a few 
days in the Memorial Hospital in Dan- 
ville . . . Mrs. Morris L. Collie who was 
also at the Memorial Hospital . . . Mr. 
Collie is a truck driver in Caswell; Mr. 
C. B. Sumner, section foreman in Orange 
County, is also out sick. 

DISTRICT Engineer L. H. Gun 
recently spent a few days in Jacksonv 
and Daytona Beach, Florida ... He 
back just ahead of the snow storm 
He was in time to help remove ice fi 
the roads. 

MR. AND MRS. George M. Shel 
announce the birth of a son, December 
. . . Mr. Shelton is a foreman in Casv 


Division Correspondent 



HE EQUIPMENT Department 
Scotland and Hoke counties have mo^ 
into their new shop at Wagram . 
men in equipment have needed more sp; 
for sometime . . . Now they have plei 
of room for parts and a big yard w 
plenty of storage space. 

TWO VETERAN highway employ 
recently died with heart attacks 
Highway inspector Arthur E. Hamilt 
better known as "Ham" to his ma 
friends, of Asheboro died December 
. . . He was only 63 . . . He is survi\ 
by his widow, Jessie M., one son, a 
two daughters . . . He was a veteran 
World War I . . . His service dated fn 
1921 . . . He will certainly be miss 
during the construction and grading 

ELMER H. ANDREWS, Section fo 
man of Bonlee, died December 30 ... ! 
was 56 . . . Elmer spent his 32 years 
highway work in Chatham County . 
He spent three years with the Navy 
Alaska . . . He was married and had t' 
children . . . Elmer was an old stand- 
went it came to patching, ditching a 
general maintenance. 

Little Mary Jo Harris was only * 
months old when this picture was mai 
last summer. Her daddy is Jo Ne 
Harris, an automotive parts clerk 
the Raleigh Equipment Depot. 




^OUR SYMPATHY goes to Grady Cox. 
Bchanic in the division shop, in tlie 
lath of his father, W. R. Cox of Coleridge, 
nuary 13. 

EVERETTE W. VARNER, sign painter 
Asheboro, was married to Marie Pea- 
ck of Denton, December 12 . . . The 
uple are at home on Route Two, 

!T0M COLLINS, road oil foreman of 
lamers, recently had an operation in the 
loore County Hospital . . . We all hope 
W will soon be back on the job. 
NEW BABIES were recently born to 
milies in the Eighth . . . Mr. and Mrs. 
,. L. Davis of Siler City announce the 
rth of a daughter, Sheila Frances, Jan- 
iry 15 . . . Mr. Davis is a sign painter in 
'iathani . . . Mr. and Mrs. Cliford Jester 
f Asheboro have a new daughter, 
iatheryn Gail, who was born January 24 
Mr. Jester is a section foreman helper 
I Randolph County . . . Little Larry 
Sevens, son of the John W. Priests of 
''agram, was born August 30 . . . His 
.ther is a sign painter. 
MR. AND MRS. James R. Saunders of 
sheboro announce the birth of a son, 
i&rk Keith, January 1 ... He was the 
irst baby to be born in 1954 in the Ran- 
olph County Hospital . . . His father is 
section foreman in Randolph County. 


Division Corresijondent' 

EMBERS of the Rowan County 
hapter of the NCSHEA enjoyed a grand 
yster roast just before Christmas . . . 
he party was held in the maintenance 
avd in Salisbury . . . After everyone had 
aten all he could hold, the remaining 

The AVa J iie.sville ronstruetion oHice held their annual Chiistnia.s party this year 
at the D. V. Baxter home. From left, the children are Hugh Baxter, Donald 
Dockery, and Ella Tweed. 

The ladies are Mrs. \V. T. Houser, Mrs. Roy McDowell, Mrs. F. L. Hutchison, 
Mrs. D. V. Baxter, and Mrs. W. X. Dockery. 

The men folks from left are W. T. Houser, Boy McDowell, F. L. Hutchison, 
Denver Dyers, AV. X. Dockery, and W. H. Tweed. D. V. Baxter took the picture. 

stew was sold and the proceeds sent to 
C. C. Poole, a retired highway employee 
who has been very ill. 

SECTION foreman J. D. Stewart of 
Davidson County retired February 1, due 
to ill health ... He had been with the 
Commission since 1939. 

H. N. SHAW of Kannapolis and R. F. 
Shoaf of Lexington are due back on the 
job soon . . . Both have been out sick 
since October . . . Mr. ShaK had a back 

OUR SINCERE get-well wishes go to 
little Patsy Ann Kesler, three months old 
daughter of the A. L. Keslers . . . She's 
been a very sick girl since before Christ- 
mas . . . After several stays in the 
hospital, we hope she is on the road to 

ROAD OIL employee W. W. Goode has 
been on the sick list since December . . . 
He had one of his middle toes removed 
. . . We hope he's much better now. 

GRADING has been completed on the 
site of the new division shop . . . Construc- 
tion will begin as soon as weather per- 
mits . . . The new shop will be located on 
North Cherry Street extension, adjacent 
to the Forsyth Prison Camp. Winston- 


Division Correspondent 

This husky little fellow is Joe Michael 
IFlake, son of the James H. Flakes. Joe 
lis only four months old. His dad is in 
|the road oil department of the Tenth 


IGHWAY employees of Mecklenburg 
County had a Christmas party at the 
clubhouse, December 23 . . . Special guests 
were wives and children . . . There was a 

lovely tree all trimmed and lighted . . . 
Santa had left gifts for all the children 
. . . The folks enjoyed a good barbecue 
supper and an excellent program of enter- 
tainment . . . Harry Long was M.C. and 
lead carol singing ... In his woi'ds, "Any 
woman who gets up early enough to get 
a highway employee his breakfast and 
off to work on time, is a good woman and 
deserves at least one free meal away from 
home a year." 

STANLY COUNTY employees and their 
families had their annual Christmas party 
in Albemarle, the Friday night b(>fore 
Christmas . . . After a fine barbecue 
supper, they gave a bag of fruits, nuts and 
candy to each child . . . Then Jim Allen of 
Road Oil lead his string band . . . Ji?n".« 
band is so well-liked that it stays booked 
up way in advance for square dances . . . 
We wish him lots of luck in his music. 

TWO HIGHWAY families have recently 
moved into new homes . . . R. F. Morris 
of the Sign Department moved his family 
into a home at 320 Second Avenue in 
Albemarle, a week before Christmas . . . 
.7. N. Mauldin of Road Oil is getting 
settled in his new home off Palestine 
Road near Albemarle. 

MARVIN BYRD'S many friends will be 
glad to hear that he has recovered from 
his painful accident in the fall, ditched 
his crutches, and is now back at work. 

GANG FOREMAN S. L. Thomas retired 
recently . . . He is 70 and had been with 
Maintenance since 1931 . . . He was with 
Anson County for many years before the 
Commission took over county roads in 
1931 . . . Mr. Thomas was punctual, faith- 
ful, and loyal as well as a very efficient 
foreman . . . His services will be missed 
by all his many friends . . . We wish him 




The Credit I'liioii of part of the Fifth and Seventh Divisions held its annual 
meeting in Graham, January 8. The following officers for the new year were 
elected: Merle Adkins, president; J. W. Jenkins, vice-president; Paul Welch, 
Secretary-Treasurer; J. M. Barnes, R. S. Thomas, K. R. Scott, B. F. Vaughn, L. H. 
Gunter, and R. L. Hickerson, Directors; C. H. Goodwin, D. B. Thomas, and P. H. 
Mitchell, Credit Committee; W. W. White, J. I. Lynch, Jr., and C. W. Crissman, 
Supervisory Committee. 

Division mechanic Henry Alford made the above pictures. The meeting was well- 
attended. Everyone enjoyed the delicious barbecue dinner. 

many restful years in his well-earned 

W. F. FINISON is the new assistant 
camp superintendent at the Anson County 
Prison Camp . . . He's the son of the late 
Mr. Finison who was superintendent of 
the Montgomery Camp for many years. 

THOUGHTS of a Maintenance man: 
"Rain, rain, and more rain . . . Then a 
freeze, crushed rock, sand and calcium 
chloride . . . What the ?" 

H. B. SIKES of Road Oil has recently 
moved from Oakboro to Wadesboro. 

OUR SYMPATHY goes to Mr. and Mrs. 
Hoyle Ridenhour in the birth and death 
of twin boys, December 27. 

SICK LIST . . . R. L. Myers of the 
motor department has just recovered from 
a case of old-fashioned flu . . . Jake 
McCray was sick with a severe cold . . . 
. . . H. F. Preslar was out sick a few 
days . . . Engineering aide C. G. Bradfleld 
had to go to the hospital in January . . . 
Tom Gribble and Jim Dulin were out a 
few days with flu . . . Highway inspector 
H. W. Broome's little 19-month old 
daughter fell January 17, and broke her 
arm . . . Division mechanic P. R. McCorkle 
had to spend several days in the hospital 
taking treatments . . . Section foreman 
H. D. Hunt is back on the job after an 
illness of several months . . . H. G. 
Mitchell of Road Oil is back after being 
out sick three weeks with a broken toe 
. . . Dewey Starnes was recently hospital- 
ized for a facial operation to remove 
scars received in a wreck. 

ROAD OIL Foreman C. R. Ridvnhour 
put on a turkey shoot during the holidays 
... He made $450 for the Aquadale P.T A. 
. . . They will use it to buy typewriters 
for the school. 

VACATIONS . . .Gang foreman Joe 
Phillips visited his parents in Durham . . . 
There was a house full of children and 
grandchildren for a total of 17 . . . High- 
way inspector W. H. Tucker took a trip 
to the mountains to see his folks . . . Two 
other inspectors, Tom Staton and J. 0. 
Steele, used their vacations to brush up 

on their home work . . . Road oil super- 
visor W. T. Smith took his family to 
eastern Carolina to visit his sister and 
wife's parents over Christmas. 

SEE Joel E. Tucker, Spencer D. Burris 
or E. J. Smith for a smooth ride . . . Each 
ij sporting a brand new car. 

ROAD OIL men who have recently 
vacationed include James H. Allen, Joe 
A. Cook, E. J. Smith. J. K. Jordan. Swain 
T. Moore, W. V. Hudson, C. B. Maness, 
and Fred W. Gaddy . . . Several got in 
some good hunting. 


Division Correspondent' 


. APPY BIRTHDAY to these men, with 
the date, who will celebrate birthdays in 
March: C. A. Amburm, tenth; J. P. Bray, 
second; 0. N. Burge, 18th; E. C. Greene, 
20th; E. M. Hamby, 15th; T. A. Harless, 
eleventh; J. P. Higgins, twelfth; T. J. 
Jarrell, flrst; C. A. Jones, fourth; T. E. 
McCraw, third; T. R. Reavis, sixth; C. M. 
Royal, second; G. W. Royal, 14th; R. F. 

Royal, 20th; L. 0. Taylor, ninth; a, 
W. D. Walsh, 29th. 

THESE MEN, with the date, will c 
brate birthdays in April: Barney Bro 
24th; F. L. Casstevens, 14th; M. B. CZafcl 
twelfth; H. F. Davis, 24th; H. W. Z)(K|( 
30th; J. D. Hayden, 30th; J. J. Mill 
eleventh; A. R. Norman, 14th; D. 
Duncan, ninth; A. J. Reeves, 14th; A 
Reeves, seventh; W. L. Smith, 23rd; Bi 
Sturgill, 13th; E. H. Thompson, 16tj 
W. C. Watson, twelfth; and W 
Whitaker, 28th. 

OUR BEST get-well wishes to Ga; 
foreman J. B. Williams who is now ho: 
convalescing ... To Motor grader opera 
V. H. Blevins who was hospitalized 
is now recuperating at home . . . And 
motor grader operator G. G. White w 
was in the Hugh Chatham Memoril 
Hospital in Elkin. 

THE FOLKS in the division offii 
extend their deepest sympathy to Mr. a 
Mrs. Darwin Beach in the death of 
daughter, Sandra, January 26 . . . She w; 
only seven . . . Mr. Beach is with tlj 
Right-of-Way department. 


Division Corresj)ondent' 


Cutting and his crew recently flnishel 
the new district shop at Statesville 
They also built a small sign shop ned 
the Iredell County maintenance sheds 
Mr. Cutting was mighty glad to be worS 
ing in Statesville since he and his wil| 
live there . . . He says this is the flril 
time in his long years of highway servici 
that he has worked in his own home towij 
P. D. MILLER, JR., who received hi| 
masters degree from State College lasi 
year, was home for a brief Christma|| 


Si.\th Division office crew had their Christmas party in the Patrol clubhouse 
First shot shows Sign supervisor Lacy Coleman, Resident engineer J. D. LeGwinj 
and L. E. Whitfield. 

Second scene shows the winner of a contest to see who could put on a set o; 
lady's clothes flrst. That's District Engineer Sam Wilson. 

Last picture sliows the runner-up in the dressing contest. See Conmiissionei 
Hasty making a valiant effort to scjueeze into a girdle. His daughter, Jane, cheer.' 
him on. 

Both Mr. Hasty and Mr. Wilson were wonderful sports and furnished a lot ol 
laughs with the contest. 





h his folks . . . He's now working with 
Lndard Oil in Summit, New Jersey. 
/[ACHINE operator George Noggle of 
veland County is sporting a brand new 

I. NEW EMPLOYEE at the Catawba 
inty Prison Camp is M. J. Dellinger. 
JETTY PEELER, steno in the division 
ce, recently announced her engagement 
, She will marry Glenn Johnson in the 

J. D. GAITHER was promoted to 
intenance supervisor in District Two. 
jiuary 1 . . . Congratulations! 
iN ASSOCIATION meeting of the 
iiveland, Gaston, and Lincoln county 
ipters was held January 8, at Rankin 
ke . . . A marvelous turkey dinner was 
Ived to the members and their guests 
i. After dinner, the tables were pushed 
:k for a good old-fashioned square 
lice . . . Prisoners from the Gaston 
np played for the dance. 
IVHAT red-headed District One 
Igineer was in the race for the title of 
iltan" which the Civic Clubs of Shelby 
re sponsoring? 

■ents ... A daughter was born to the 
V. Neiotons, December 14, in the Bliss 
nic . . . There's a brand new face at 
i) F. E. Schrums . . . Sign Supervisor 
J. Rector's first granddaughter was 
rn January 10 . . . Her name's Marna 
a she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
orge Rector of Marion . . . Mr. and Mrs. 
b H. Ikerd of Newton have a new son 
0 was born January 1.5 .. . The ./. F. 
\ernathy's are grandparents for the 
bnd time; their daughter, Mrs. Charles 
ath, had a new son, December 23 . . . 
le Claude A. Postons are mighty pleased 
th their baby daughter who was born 
cember 18; Mr. Poston is a mechanic 
the division shop. 

vIILES HUGHES, a former Construction 
ployee who is now serving in the Air 
roe, spent two weeks at home during 

P. E GRAY and H. C. Allen spent at 
,st two weeks in Wilmington . . . They 
re installing the heating plant in the 
sv Division Three shop. 
3PEEDY recovery to '-Felt" Walker, 
ng foreman in Cleveland County who 
ffered a heart attack in October; he 
lie by the district office recently for 
visit ... To Rubie Lattimore, wife of 
. W. Lattimore, and to Nellie Miller, 
fe of District Engineer P. D. Miller, 
10 were both on the sick list in Jan- 
ry . . . To Selma Brooks, wife of Gene 
■QOks, who left the hospital recently 
d is recuperating at home ... To 
iutch" Champion, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
"Win Champion, who recently had an 
leration at Shriners Hospital in Green- 
lle, South Carolina; he should be home 

from the hospital soon . . . To 8. R. Stutts 
of Iredell County who was out sick a 
month and in the Mooresville Hospital 
for a while . . . And to G. S. Henley, 
W. L. Warren, B. P. ;^mith, F. H. Flin- 
chicm, and John Bradhurn who have l)een 
off a few days with colds and flu. 

WE'RE MIGHTY glad to have J. C. 
TiUey and R. Ellis back at work . . . Mr. 
Tillcy spent several weeks in a Winston- 
Salem hospital . . . Mr. Ellis was out the 
month of December. 

C. L. RECTOR, Construction employee, 
is back at work after being on sick leave 
in January. 

GET H. D. JACKSON, Gaston County 
employee, to tell you about his new home 
. . . He and his family are still getting 

Photo WHS made atop Cape Hatteras 
Lighthouse and show.s recently paved 
road leading to the Lighthouse. 

SNOW AND ICE required extra 
road work in District Two in Januaiy . . . 
Special attention was given sanding of 
bridges to clear them of ice . . . The snow 
and ice didn't keep Alexander County 
employees from enjoying a feed at the 
Community House in Taylorsville, Jan- 
uary 15 . . . More than 60 were there, 
including men of the district office . . . 
After a fine dinner of cliicken, the folks 
enjoyed a "sing" and other entertainment. 

and Maintenance supervisor P. J. Corpen- 
ing "laid in the meat" (mostly rabbit 
variety) in January . . . Hunting was 
good around their homes. 

OUR SYMPATHY goes to Forney Hayes, 
retired bridge employee, in the recent loss 
of his wife . . . And to Gang foreman 
R. W. McAbee of Cleveland County in the 
death of his sister. 

attended the Dixie Classic Basketball 
games in Raleigh . . . Mr. Weaver, a 
former State player, is a faithful Wolf- 
pack supporter. 

DATHER SPANGLER, Construction 
employee, and his wife spent a week 
visiting relatives in Texas. 

PAUL MECHLING. sign employee, made 
a trip to Pennsylvania during January. 

THE J. B. SAINS announce the 
marriage of their daughter, Dorcas, to 

Dwight Tillman, January 10 . . . Bert is 
a Road Oil employee. 

P. D. MILLER is displaying his 1954 
auto tag on his personal car with particu- 
lar pride these days . . . Catawba County 
highway employees gave it to him for 

F. W. BUMGARNER of Taylorsville 
took two weeks at Christmas for a quick 
trip to California. 

MR. AND MRS. L. T. "Pete" Noggle 
proudly announce the birth of a baby 
daughter, February 1 . . . The father is 
a truck driver in Cleveland County. 

OUR SYMPATHY goes to Ab Spangler, 
sign employee, in the recent loss of his 


Division Correspondent' 

BRIDGE Maintenance supervisor Paul 
Clay took a week's vacation in February 
to go fishing in Florida. 

division office is in a dither trying to 
decide which kind of TV set to buy . . . 
She's already tried six different kinds 
. . . If you have any good suggestions, 
let her know. 

J. J. BLEVINS of the Bridge Depart- 
ment has a brand-new maintenance shed 
in Burnsville near completion . . . The 
new shop is 40x100 feet and made of 
concrete blocks . . . Blevins lives in Spruce 

DREW W. WRIGHT'S son, Donald, was 
recently inducted into the Army . . . 
Donald was with the Atomic Energy 
Commission in Oak Ridge. 

REBECCA RABB, daughter of the 
K. W. Rahhs of Marion, recently had a 
tonsillectomy at Marion Hospital . . . We 
hope she's well again. 

0. L. WILSON returned from his vaca- 
tion with glowing reports of the good 
coon hunting around his section of the 
country ... He also visited his sister in 

RALPH BROWN, stepson of W. J. 
Edivards of Old Fort, recently completed 
a technical training course at the U. S. 
Navy Center in Memphis . . . Ralph has 
now left for overseas duty. 


Division Correspondent 

W INTER VACATIONS . . . Virgil Smith 
and his son are back from a sightseeing 
and fishing jaunt to Florida . . . Mr. Smith 
is a gang foreman in Henderson County 
. . . Gang foreman Robert Johnson has 
returned from a 10-day vacation in Fort 
Lauderdale, Florida . . . Fishing was good 
. . . According to Johnson, they were 

.^RCH- APRIL, 1954 



Harnett County highway employees 
entertained their Avives and families at 
a barbecue on New Year's Eve. They 
held the party in the maintenance shop 
at Lillington. 

biting so fast, he had to bait his hook 
behind a tree . . . The F. L. Hutchisons 
journeyed a trip to Fort Lauderdale also 
. . . F. F. (Jug) Merrill visited relatives 
in Stewart, Florida, and Atlanta . . . 
Division engineer G. G. Page took his 
wife and daughter, Mary, for a visit to 
his mother in Marianna, Florida . . . They 
attended the Gator Bowl game and took 
in Jacksonville and Orlando. 

GET WELL WISHES to Division 
prison supervisor B. H. Frevman who was 
hospitalized briefly with a nose hemor- 
rhage ... To road maintenance supervisor 
W. T. Madden of Jackson County who was 
out with flu ... To Mrs. T. M. Austell. 
wife of the road maintenance supervisor 
in Haywood County, who also had the 
flu ... To Mrs. C. W. Lee, wife of the 
assistant division engineer, who had a 
bad cold and flu ... To Mrs. Carl Phillips. 
wife of the motor grader operator, who 
had a serious operation at Memorial 
Hospital in Chapel Hill ... To Elmer K. 
Johnson. Macon County employee, who 
had an operation at the Atomic Plant 
Hospital in Knoxville . . . And to Mrs. 
H. G. (Kate) Moore, who had an operation 
at Angel's Hospital in Franklin. 

GANG FOREMAN J. W. Bates of 
Henderson is back on the job after a 
recent operation . . . Gang foreman 
Lawrence Hooper of Haywood County is 
back at work after a long absence. 

SYMPATHY is extended J. R. Ormand. 
Polk County employee, in the recent 
death of his brother. 

THERE'S a new face at the Roy 
McDoivell home ... A little girl was born 
to the couple, December 21 . . . Mr. 
McDowell is with Construction in 

TOM J. McKENZIE, John D. Robertson. 
and J. Roy Stalcup recently transferred 
from the Waynesville Construction office 
to the Bryson City residency. 

CLAIM AGENT A. E. Snelson of the 
Thirteenth and N. A. Waldroop got to- 
gether during the hunting season . . . 
They did all right, too . . . Took home 25 

MACON COUNTY employees organized 
their county chapter of the NCSHEA, 
December 7 . . . Unit president C. W. Lee 

Foreman Retires 

After 33 years of highway service, 
section foreman Tom E. Griffith retired 
last year. His jovial manner and ready 
wit will be missed. He now has more time 
to devote to gardening, his favorite off- 
the-job interest. 

Mr. Grifl[ith started with the Commis- 
sion back in 1921 under Foreman Charlie 
Carraway. He worked as a helper on 
US 19E. His next foreman was Wash 
Burton. When Supervisor Cecil Burton 
was promoted, Mr. Griffith was upped to 
foreman, in 1923. He continued in this 
capacity until his retirement in 1953. 
During this time, he saw the construction 
of all the side roads in Yancey County 
and helped maintain many of them. His 
chief responsibility was the maintenance 
of US 19E in Yancey. 

Son of Mills J. and Martha Griffith, he 
was born January 5, 1889, in Windom. He 
attended grammar school at Windom and 
the Yancey Collegiate Institute in Burns- 

November 30, 1912, Mr. Griffith was 
married to Mary Elizabeth Ray. They 
are Methodists. The Griffiths have three 
daughters: Mrs. W. J. Banks, Mrs. J. G. 
Edge, and Mrs. Robert Hilliard. 

He is a Mason. 

W. D. White Passes 

William Dunlop White of Lexington 
died from a heart attack, January 31. He 
was 56. 

A native of Guilford County, he was the 
son of the late R. D. and Mrs. Mamie D. 
White. After graduation with a B.S. 
degree in Civil Engineering from N. C. 
State College, he immediately went to 
work witli the Highway Commission. He 
was a loyal and conscientious worker, 
contributing much to the early days of 
roadbuilding in the State. 

Mr. White served as instrumentman and 
resident engineer on many construction 
projects in the Piedmont section. Later 
he was district engineer at Asheboro. 
After transferring to the statistics and 
planning division, he was injured in an 
automobile accident while on duty. His 
injuries caused his early retirement, 
several years ago. 

He is survived by his wife, the former 
Katherine Walker; and one son, William 
Dunlop White, Jr., a student at Duke 

was in charge of the meeting . . . New 
county officers are N. A. Waldroop, presi- 
dent; C. W. Rink, vice-president; and 
George P. Byrd, secretary-treasurer . . . 
The Macon County boys were glad to have 
G. G. Page, E. L. Curtis, and C. W. Lee 
with them at the meeting. 

Home On The Ran 



lb. chicken, cut in pieces; 1 bayl 
small; 1 tblsp. cooking fat; 2 tb 
paprika; 2 cups boiling water; salt i 
pepper; 3 large onions, sliced or die 

1 cup sour cream. Season chicken v, 
salt and pepper and place in fat in d 
pan — brown well both sides — i 
paprika and water with bayleaf — co 
with heavy lid and cook slowly ab 

2 hours — add the onion and cook 
about 1 hour more or until tender — 
move the chicken — add cream to 
gravy, boil a few minutes, and pour o 
the chicken. Serves 6. 

chicken, cut in pieces; 1% cups mi 
stick butter; 5 eggs, hard-boiled a 
sliced; sherry wine. Boil chicken in ch 
water until tender, remove meat fr> 
the bones — cut into small pieces a 
season — place with milk and butter 
casserole and cook 10 to 15 minutes 
add the egg, ffavor with Sherry to tas 
cover with buttered crumbs and ser 
Serves 4 to 6 people. 

PLEASE PARDON my mention 
wine in several recipes, but it is surpr 
ing what wonderful flavors are obtain 
from the proper use of wines in cookii 

CHICKEN PILAU (can also use be 
of shrimp, crab, squirrel or rabbit 
stead of chicken) Brown the meat c 
up for frying from 1 chicken, addi 
chopped celery, onion, chopped gr 
peppers, salt and pepper. Cover a 
cook slowly until done. Make a sto 
from the bony pieces and serve chick 
and cooked rice with broth (stoc 
poured over. 

4-lb. chicken, cut for frying, in wat 
until tender, adding chopped celery, 
chopped onion, salt and pepper; remo 
chicken; add meal to the soup to ma| 
it stiff, with 1 tblsp. of butter; line t 
bottom and sides of a casserole dish wi 
the mush, place chicken in with a f 
ripe olives, and pour over a sauce ma( 
as follows: 1 button garlic, 1 larij 
onion, cooked in fat until brown; a( 
small amount of flour to thicken; stir 
hot sauce of your liking to taste ai 
add 1 small can mushroom pieces; ac 
2 tblsp. chili powder, dash of worceste 
shire sauce; cook 10 to 15 minutes ai 
pour over the chicken with any remai 
ing mush — bake 45 minutes to 1 hoi 
in medium oven. Serves about 5 — mal 
it as hot as you wish. 





(Continued from page 2) 

rect jurisdiction over 5,000 miles of 
ads; a $50 million serial bond issue 

15 provided for road construction. The 
meral Assembly also placed a one-cent 
r gallon tax on gasoline and instructed 
e Commission to build a road system 
nnecting all the county seats and 
ineipal towns. The hypodermic had 
len applied and within three months 
e Commission had employed 3,000 
en and bought $1,000,000 worth of 

An additional bond issue of $15,000,- 
|)0 was floated by the 19 23 Legislature, 
hich increased the gasoline tax from 

16 to three cents a gallon. Two years 
iter came a third serial issue of $20,- 
|)0,000 and another cent of tax was 
'^Ided, and in 1927, $30,000,000 more 
, bonds was issued — raising the total 
itstanding to $115,000,000. 

Under the Chairmanship of Frank 
ige, North Carolina's roads became 
itioiially known; its primary arteries 
ere then among the finest. 

Then came the depression and North 
irolina adopted a "pay-as-you-go" 
)licy of highway financing and no more 
mds were issued. The $30,000,000 
sue had been financed mostly out of a 
le-cent additional levy passed for that 
arpose in 1929, raising the gas tax to 
[ire-cents a gallon. 

I Counties had a hard time with their 
()ads. In 1931 they placed their total 
^'stem of 4 5,000 miles in the hands of 
le State, raising the Commission's total 
iiileage to 54,000. That was the year 
,iat the Legislature directed the use 
|f county prisoners on the road system, 
md raised the gas tax to six-cents. All 
,ie gas tax revenue went to the State, 
wo years later the entire State Prison 
ystem was placed under the Highway 
|ommission, though the total number of 
jimates in those days was only 3,650. 

North Carolina passed through an 
eonomic crisis in the mid-3 O's and the 
legislature, amid some protests, divert- 
1 $4,000,000 from the Highway Fund 
) the General Fund. During World H, 
ighway maintenance was meager, 
eather took no holiday and truck 
eights were increased. 

Farni-To-Mai-ket Road.s 

At the end of World War II, during 
'hich comparatively little was done on 
ighways, a farm-to-market program 
as launched. More than 5,000 miles 
f secondary roads were paved from 

lARCH-APRIL, 1954 

l,aiis<apf Eiif-ineer Frank Brant lined up with his Assistant Landscape Eufiinicis 
and Landscape Supervisors when they recently attended a two-day meeting in 

First row from left, are J. R. Felton, W. E. George, A. H. Allen, L. 1). X. Marion, 
and J. W. Fuller. 

Second row, from left, see Brant, W. L. Sorrell, A. L. Coltrane, K. C. Orr, C. H. 
Sparkman, P. L. Sasser and W. R. Phelps. 

Third row, from left, are G. T. Wilkins, 1). B. >Ic3Iichael, H. A. Coggins, William 
Patrick, D. R. McMichael, R. W. Snell, and U. M. Kunce. 

Picture was made in the auditorium of the highway building. 

1945 to 1949. And building costs mount- 
ed higher and higher. 

Then in 1949 came the $200,000,000 
rural roads issue, with the gas tax rising 
to seven cents. From January 1, 1949, to 
June 30, 19 53, the Commission had 
hardsurfaced 14,550 miles of secondary 
roads and stabilized another 19,600 
miles for all-weather use, this being a 
record unmatched anywhere. Construc- 
tion bonds through that date totaled 
$315,000,000 over 35 years, exclusive 
of countless millions in current reve- 

Paving a primary highway now costs 
from $35,000 to $60,000 a mile for a 
two-lane road. To that are added the 
costs of rights-of-way, grading, bridges, 
structures, removal and other items. 
There is need for more work on the old- 
er highways which were neither design- 
ed nor built for the large volumes of 
fast-moving cars and heavy trucks we 
have today. 


said, "Although North Carolina is about 
$3 00 million short of enough funds for 
a major overhauling of primary roads, 
Highway Chairman Sandy Graham is 
wisely promoting the 'limited access' 
highway idea well before it becomes 
heated on a statewide basis." 

And, "... safety factor alone is 
enough to overrule protests from 
abutting property owners. 

" . . The DAILY NEWS joins Chair- 
man Graham in commending this high- 
way safety feature to the people of 
North Carolina." 

Browning Honored 

Chief Locating Engineer R. Getty 
Browning was presented the annual 
award f or outstanding engineering 
achievement by the North Carolina 
Society of Engineers, January 29. 

Browning was chosen by a committee 
of prominent engineers: T. J. Hewitt, 
C. L. Mann (retired engineering dean of 
State College), P. D. Davis, and T. C. 
Heyward, chairman. Roy Keever pre- 
sented the citation. 

Browning was recognized for "his 
personal and thorough examination of 
sites, bringing to the citizens of the 
State routes of maximum scenic value, 
selected with meticulous care to produce 
the greatest possible safety and most 
economical construction cost." 

And, "his intimate knowledge and 
understanding of the human problems 
involved (in the sacrifice of personal 
liberties on the part of many property 
holders) has enabled him through these 
years to uphold the enforcement of the 
law, with honor and yet with all con- 
sideration of the rights of the individual. 

"For his wide and persistent work in 
the field of surveying, where, in hi? 
intensive efforts over the many years, 
he headed the Surveying Committee of 
this Society, he endeavored to foster and 
secure legal methods of procedure that 
would bring a clearer conception of the 
whole science of surveying, and procure 
records of undeviating accuracy. 

"For his marked integrity, combined 
with the unswerving directness of 
his efforts, as he saw his duty in the 
engineering profession." 




fContimied from page 3) 

in the full 12-inch compacted depth at 
the rate of seven pounds per ton of 

2. The material was placed in two 
8-inch loose lifts; formerly it was placed 
in four 4-inch loose lifts. 

3. A vibro tamp compactor was used 
along with pneumatic tired rollers to 
obtain required density. 

Uniform moisture content was obtained 
throughout the entire base. With the 
addition of calcium chloride full depth, 
no additional water was added to the 
material during compaction and main- 
tenance. A 500 foot test section was 
placed without calcium chloride. Com- 
parative tests between this section and a 
calcium chloride treated section showed 
that maximum density was obtained on 
the calcium chloride section with 25 per 
cent less compactive effort than that 
needed to compact the untreated section. 

The construction of bases usually 
includes the maintenance of loose floater 
material by watering and blading. Ac- 
cording to the contractor on the project, 
maintenance has been almost entirely 
eliminated due to the bonding afforded 
by the addition of calcium chloride. 

Easier to Compact 

The material in the base course was 
placed in two separate lifts of eight 
inches loose material. Each was compact- 
ed to six inches, making the total com- 
pacted depth 12 inches. In former projects 
lifts were placed with four 4-inch loose 
lifts compacted to three-inch lifts making 
a total compacted depth of 12 inches. The 
addition of calcium chloride full depth 
played a great part in compaction. 

Formerly three passes with a pneu- 
matic tired roller were required for 
compaction of each one-inch thickness of 
loose material. For example, if the road 
were to be compacted to 12-inch depth, 
as much as 16 inches of material in 
loose condition would require compaction. 
This would mean a total of 48 passes with 
pneumatic tired rollers. 

The vibro tamper has been used 
successfully in construction of sub-bases 
for highways and airports. Weighing 
more than five tons, it is used for com- 
pacting heavy lifts up to 14 inches loose 
material. The vibro tamper method eli- 
minates slippage planes frequently found 
in multiple course layer construction. 

On this project a vibro tamper com- 
pactor was employed. It made a total of 
six passes to compact the entire 12-inch 
depth. This effort was followed by eight 
passes by pneumatic tired rollers to 

compact the upper thirds of the two lifts. 

The inclusion of calcium chloride to 
gain more uniform moisture content 
throughout the base material, the use of 
two 6-inch compacted lifts in place of 
four 3-inch compacted lifts, and the em- 
ployment of the vibro tamper compactor 
along with pneumatic tired rollers are 
three features employed on this project 
which are of great interest to engineers. 
This construction procedure may result in 
substantial gains in efficiency and econ- 
omy on such projects in the future. This 
is true not only from the standpoint of 
the engineering but also from the con- 
tracting standpoint. 

Optimum Moisture 

Two significant factors about main- 
taining optimum moisture content are: 

1. If the base material dries out too 
fast under rolling, it is very difficult if 
not impossible to get moisture back into 
the base. With dense graded aggregate 
bases a few passes of the roller compact 
the surface to a point where water from 
sprinkling cannot get down into the base. 

2. If the base is too dry when it is 
compacted, it tends to be "brittle" even 
though density is achieved. And there is 
an increase in the compactive effort neces- 
sary to obtain designed density. 

Use of calcium chloride in construction 
provides for uniform moisture throughout 
the base material during rolling. It also 
helps achieve a truly "flexible" base. 

Many Advantages 

North Carolina engineers are watching 
the project on US 158 closely with the 
hope that they might have found a more 
efficient procedure for constructing base 
courses of stabilized aggregate. Present 
tests have shown that the addition of 
water on the job site may be eliminated, 
there is less segregation in material 
placed, design density may be obtained 
with less compactive effort, and there 
have been definite savings in maintenance 
until such time as the base is topped 
with a bituminous surface treatment. 

The project on US 158 will be held over 
until spring as an open surface, and will 
be used by local traffic during that time. 
The contractor's forces will maintain it 
throughout winter months. This spring 
additional density tests will be made on 
the project, after the road has been 
surfaced and opened to traffic several 

State highway officials familiar with 
this project are: Messrs. H. D. Irving, 
Division Engineer; H. A. Shaw, Resident 
Engineer (with offices in Warrenton, 
North Carolina). The contractor is F. D. 

Cline Paving Company of Raleigh: Gem 

Superintendent Frank Porter, and 
Superintendent Scoggs. 

Primary Problems 


The DURHAM HERALD recent ,„ 

said, "... in all discussion of hi; ,| 

way needs in North Carolina and ,| 

improvements already underway, it „ 

always clear that money is certainly jj, 
object. The Commission doesn't hi 

the money to do the job it would like ,,i 
do for North Carolina." 

And, "The Commission rightly 
putting its efforts into improvements 
the primary system .... Clearly 1 
highway commission is driving hard " 
get the maximum in highway impro 
ments for the money it has. Roads < 
being widened, some second lanes •< 
being built where traffic requires, 
tempts are being made to make strain 
lines out of curves which menace t 
motorist and impede traffic, and J 
passes are being built around congest 
areas to smooth the flow of traffic 
critical points." 

In conclusion, "If we in North Cai 
lina want a first-rate primary highwi 
system, as so many of us say we c 
we're going to have to pay the pri( 
We're going to have to provide mo 
pay as we go or we're going to have 
start thinking about another bond issi 
Or be satisfied with what we've got." 

Regarding controlled access ' 
primary highways, the HERALD sai 
"Highways seek to provide swift ai 
safe vehicular traffic from one place 
another. Some of them, for a time aft 
their construction, manage to satis 
their purpose. 

"But it isn't long before stores, serl 
ice stations and houses are built, ea( 
with entrances to the highway. Congei 
tion is created, and at some points loj 
speed limits must be imposed in tli 
interest of safety. The purpose of tl! 
highway begins to be defeated as co: 
gestion and danger increases. Parasit 
developments along the highway begii 
to take precedence over the traveler. I 
and by the highway becomes no bettf 
than a city street. 

"Highway builders, therefore, ai 
beginning to recognize the need to lim 
access to highways and to bring pan 
sitic developments under control. The 
are realizing the need to abolish or n 
duce intersections and side-road coi 
nections, . . . and to control roadsid 
establishments." ' 







The Saturday after Thanksgiving last 
11, I left from New York in a four- 

0 t 0 r e d Super-Constellation plane of 
LM (Royal Dutch Airlines) on the first 

1 of a six-weeks visit to Europe. Our 
ano was aptly named "The Flying 
.itchman". The service on the plane was 
arvelous and the food excellent. All the 
ew and attendants were Dutch. 

Our first stop was Prestwick Airport 
Glasgow, Scotland for refueling. Then, 
e took off for Schiphol Airport in 
msterdam, Holland, where I had a six- 
)ur layover before flying on to my 
istination at Rhein-Mein Airport in 
ankfurt, Germany. After going through 
istoms and having some money changed 
to Guilders, I was fortunate in getting 
1 English-speaking taxi-driver to take 
e on a tour of Amsterdam. This is a 
est interesting city with very narrow 
bblestone streets, as well as broad 
venues. The taxi-driver told me it was 
lilt entirely on pilings. After the tour 
Amsterdam, we crossed a river on a 
irry and rode around Little Amsterdam, 
, smaller version of Amsterdam proper, 
he traffic in both cities was made up 
lOstly of bicycles. I saw very few cars. 
When I arrived that Sunday afternoon 
I Frankfurt, I was met by my daughter, 
irginia, and her husband Bill. We spent 
le night in Frankfurt, a thriving city of 
['^er 300,000 population. The next morning 
e rode around the city and then left for 
erzo Base where Bill (Lt. Col. William 
. Holm) is in command. Herzo Base is 
|Q Army base near Herzogenaurach, Ger- 
lany, a quaint old city. Virginia and Bill 
ave a very comfortable home on the base. 
. is an ideal spot for their three small 
aildren as it is completely fenced in with 
Qly one guarded entrance which gives 
lem a lot of freedom. 

Drove To Bavaria 
After visiting a few days with the 
^mily, Virginia, Bill and I drove down 
|) Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria, a 
icturesque section of Germany. The 
Qow-capped mountains in this section 
re breath-takingly beautiful — the tallest 
eak being the Zugspitze which is 9,721 
set in height. Skiing, ice skating and bob- 
ledding are the main winter sports. 
armisch-Partenkirchen is a colorful little 
3wn — I was intrigued by the architec- 
.ire. Most of the houses are built with 
abled roofs and projecting eaves. Many 
ave little balconies where the natives 
un their mattresses and pillows which 
re covered in red material. One novel 
spect of the houses is the colorful paint- 

ings, mostly religious scenes, on the front 
or sides. Another difference is the rocks 
placed on the shingles to keep the roof 
from blowing off. The natives make minia- 
tures of this type of house in music boxes, 
complete with rocks on the roof. The 
music box plays several tunes when the 
roof is raised. One night we attended a 
night club, operated by Uncle Sam three 
nights a week for officers and the other 
three for enlisted men on leave. This is 
a beautiful club building. We saw an 
excellent ice show and danced to a good 
German orchestra. 

We had a most interesting trip to 
Linderhof, the castle of Ludwig II, a form- 
er King of Bavaria. This is a jewel castle 
and by far the most beautiful one I 
toured on this trip. Next we drove to 
Oberammergau, the home of the world- 
famous Passion Play which is held every 
ten years. The next performance is 1960. 
It is given entirely by the local villagers. 
It is considered an honor to take part in 
this play. The principal character is 
portrayed by a man between the age of 
thirty and forty years. Oberammergau's 
principal industry is hand wood carving. 
They produce many intricate carvings 
ranging from the crucifixion and manger 
scenes to non-religious items. Along the 
highways, there are many wayside religi- 
ous shrines which the natives decorate 
with wreaths and boughs of spruce. 
Went To Lucerne 

After a few days in this lovely little 
city of Garmisch (the most beautiful of 
all the places I visited on my trip), we 
left for Switzerland, driving through 
snow-crowned mountains of Austria, 
through the little Duchy of Lischtenstein, 
and on into Switzerland. We spent the 
night in Lucerne. It was quite a thrill to 
hop on the "Funicular" (similar to a ski 
lift with tiny cable cars) and be carried 
straight up the slope and deposited right 
in the lobby of our hotel. Switzerland is 
a very beautiful country with snow-capped 
mountains and lovely lakes. We cut our 
stay short as Christmas was coming and 
we wanted to get back to the base. We 
drove to Zurich, Switzerland, a very large 
city, and by a different route back through 
Austria, and Liscktenstein to Garmisch 
where we spent the night. Next day we 
drove to Berchtesgaden, the favorite re- 
sort of Adolph Hitler. It is just as 
picturesque as Garmisch, nestled between 
snow-tipped mountains and blue lakes. 
Perched on a nearby mountain is Hitler's 
infamous Eagle's Nest, which we viewed 
through field glasses. There wasn't a tour 

up there at this season of the year. We 
did take a five-mile boat trip down the 
Konigssee Lake. On each side, the moun- 
tains tower and are reflected in the blue 
waters of the lake. The Eagle's Nest was 
clearly visible from a point on the lake. 
Our guide pointed out the path leading 
up to the site of Herman Goering's hunt- 
ing lodge and the dock where he kept his 
personal motor launch. 

Left Berchtesgaden 

We were loathe to leave Berchtesgaden 
but Christmas wasn't far away, so we 
headed for home. Back at Herzo Base, we 
were busy with holiday preparations. We 
did manage to make several day trips to 
nearby points of interest. One day we 
went to Nuremburg, scene of the famous 
Nazi War Criminal trials. The trials 
were held in the Palace of Justice, a most 
imposing building. We saw the mammoth 
Sports Plaza, where Hitler's troops goose- 
stepped for him, as well as the partially 
completed, huge building from which 
Hitler hoped to rule the world. Nurem- 
I)urg itself is a very large, old city with 
a walled fortress-like inner city. The old 
city was the home of Alfred Durer, the 
famous etcher. We saw his home as well 
as a huge statue of him in the center 
of this inner city. Since Nuremburg was 
one of Hitler's favorite cities, it was 
severely bombed during the war. There 
are many shells of buildings. All the 
rubble has been completely cleaned up 
and the salvaged material neatly stacked 
inside the shells. This clean-up has taken 
place in all the larger cities of Germany, 
with the exception of the East Zone, 
which I understand is still much as it 
was at the end of the war. 

"The Master Drausht" 

Another enjoyable day was our trip to 
Rothenburg, a completely walled-in city 
of old buildings and cobblestone streets. 
The entrances to this little gem of a city 
are an etcher's delight with their turrets 
and very small windows. Beautiful etch- 
ings can be purchased at a little shop 
where every customer, or visitor, is served 
(Continued on inside back cover) 

«ARCH-APRIL, 1954 



Farm Manager Named 

In January. Glenn M. Swicegood was 
named manager of the State's prison 
farms by Prisons Director William F. 

Swicegood will be responsible for the 
production and distribution of prison 
farm products. 

A 4 9-year old Davidson County 
native, Swicegood received a bachelor's 
degree in agriculture from State College 
in 1930 and later took post-graduate 
courses in economics. He was a voca- 
tional agricultural teacher from 1930 
to 1936, an assistant farm agent in 
Wake County from 1936 to 1938 and 
county farm agent in Lenoir County 
from 1938 to 1944. 

From 1944 to 1946, he was with a 
Kinston farm supply company. Since 
March, 1946, he has owned and operated 
the Swicegood Farm Machinery Com- 
pany at Wilson. 

. While in Kinstou he was chairman 
of the Kinston Chamber of Commerce 
agriculture committee. In 1944, he was 
presented the State Farm Bureau's 
award for distinguished service to agri- 
culture. At Wilson, he served as vice- 
president of the Wilson Chamber of 

He is married and has two children. 


(Continued from page 4) 

perience from 10/1/52 to 10/1/53: 
group life return was 82.7 per cent, 
group accident and sickness return was 
92.7 per cent, group hospitalization re- 
turn was 92.9 per cent and the com- 
bined return was 89.5 per cent. A total 
of $678,493.10 was paid in premiums, 
with $607,292.16 being returned in 
claims and conversions. The Prison De- 
partment had a return of 124.7 on life, 
109.9 per cent on accident and sickness, 
and 113.7 per cent on hospitalization; 
Highway had a return of 80.9 per cent 
on life, 9 2.2 per cent on accident and 
sickness, and 90.5 per cent on hospital- 
ization. We find in 19 52 there were 297 
retired with a total insurance of $714,- 
000 as compared to 231 in 1949 and 
only $504,000 insurance liability. Pro- 
jecting this average, we find about 22 
newly retired each year for a volume 
increase of about $70,000 which is con- 
sidered dead liability. This gives us a 
picture of approximately 341 employees 
for 1954 in this list for a total liability 
of $854,000 insurance. Average in- 
surance per retired employee is $2,500 

and 10 to 15 who die during the year 
contribute between $25,000 and $37,- 
5 00 loss to the group life experience, 
plus the added impact of probable losses 
in amount of $850,000 in the future. 
When a person retires and continues the 
insurance, it is to be considered a dead 
loss because the insurance will be kept 
in force. We find further in our search 
for facts there are 7,321 with life cover- 
age and including retired, over 70, etc.; 
6,975 have life and A&S; 7,023 have life 
and D&D; 7,143 have employee hospital- 
ization; 5,569 have family group cover- 
age; all this as of November 1, 19 53. 
We find a total insurance coverage of 
$21,828,000. Is it any wonder that the 
Company must keep a constant check on 
our contract, with the experience of the 
past few years showing a steady increase 
in claims, with a steadily decreasing re- 
serve which the Actuary advises us 
must be built back up to forestall future 
possible panics, epidemics, etc. and keep 
premiums intact. The recent slight in- 
crease in premiums was justified, and 
necessary to build this reserve back up, 
or else we might never expect stabilized 
premiums or possible free premiums for 
one month. Our premiums have held 
steady over many years, and a slight 
increase now is in line entirely, is our 
belief. We are grateful for the fact that 
a small reserve had been built up in our 
own insurance account in Mr. Smith's 
ofiice, which is being used to defray the 
extra premium cost for a few months so 
that the employee will not pay any more 
than he has in the past. We are op- 
erating with a good company, with a 
sound annual contract, and it is our aim 
to build back our reserves to the point 
where the actuary can say "safe" so we 
can safeguard our future. 

ROBERT RUARK, the famous colum- 
nist, recently had this to say — I thought 
I would pass it along to those of you 
who did not have opportunity to read it: 
"there never was a man whose personal 
conceit was so small that he would not 
relish a bigger, better job, although 
the thing only paid off in a badge and 
buttons, if it fattened his ego a touch. 
And there is where management, which 
is always yelling about a dearth of 
young hot rocks, sort of outmaneuvers 
itself. The time to pay a man some 
money, it seems to me, is in his half- 
formed stage, in order to keep him 
around the premises long enough to 
ground himself thoroughly in the 
aspects of his trade, which will make 
him an executive. A lot of good young 
talent gets lost because the apprentice- 
ship is so long and so starved that the 
candidate for future distinction 

abandons his cherished work for soi 
thing faster and more immedial 
lucrative. They talk about lack of ci 
five genius, but it takes time 
practice and carpentry before a guy 
even think about qualifying as a thi 
er, junior grade. He's got to understfj 
the principle of mousetrap before he 
draw blueprints for the world-beai] 
There is, also, it seems to me, too mi 
emphasis on certain training in clos 
confined fields. A good reporter « 
cover anything from a symphony to 
murder or foreign war. A good salesn] 
can sell anything from cheese 
girdles. A good executive can run c| 
sort of railroad once he's had time 
case the field. But today they ask 
first off what experience you have tl 
in some particular line, without thii| 
ing that if you had that experience y\ 
would still be with the other firm 
else were a failure at it. If I were! 
hirer of men today I would buy potent! 
rather than past, and figure to teach l| 
man enough in a short time to tell 
whether he would work out or not. Aij 
if the answer is positive, to pay h| 
enough to eat on while he is practicij 
to be president. There is no lack 
talent in America. There just seems 
be some lack of imagination among tl 
men on high in gambling that so 
young guy from the sticks, with ha: 
ears, might turn out to be tomorro^l 
chairman of the board." 

TIRE CONTRACT is still workiil 
Any member desiring to purchase Flil 
TIRES at a splendid discount, just ccl 
tact your Secretary. Orders are handlj 
through the Secretary's office and sh! 
ments are direct to the member pil 
chasing. This saving amounts to 3Cl 
and better on tires, and is for membf| 

"I'll be seeing you around." 

OTIS BANKS, Secretai 

Most women are more economicl 
than men give them credit for. f| 
instance, where is there a woman wlj 
will put more than 26 candles on h| 
40th birthday cake? 

A man's best friends are those 
doesn't meet often. 

If we could find other things as easi| 
as we find fault, we'd all be rich. 




My Six Weeks 

(Continued from page 19) 
small glass of Cognac. A play called 
he Master Draught" Is given once a 
IV. The name was derived from an event 
' medieval times. A conquering army 
s besieging the town. The Army leader 
ide a wager with the town leader. None 
' the townspeople would be harmed if 
3 town leader could down a huge cask 

wine at one draught. The town leader 
'i and was unconscious for a week but 
'3 town was spared. Big decorated wine 
sks, the same size as the original, are 
eminently displayed in the shop win- 
ws. We weren't served a "Master 
•aught" but we did have some delicious 
t-spiced red wine at a picturesque 
n^ern in Rothenburg. 
I Toured Cathedrals 

We visited many beautiful cathedrals 

the different cities. I'd have to be a 
larty soul to attend church during the 
nter as there was neither heat, nor 
ating facilities in any of the churches, 
iiere was no heat in the museums either, 
pspite this, we tarried long enough to 
le some original paintings by Rem- 
andt, Reubens, Van Gogh and other 
mous artists. 

It's a pleasure to dine in the German 
»tels and restaurants. We were elegantly 
rved on fine German linen and china, 
pst of the waiters train from boyhood 
r their profession. They consider being 

::ood waiter an art. They are most 
'urteous and strive to please. In every 
staurant we always found one waiter 
ho could speak English. 
The quaint little German gift shops are 
easure houses of china, wood carvings, 
usic boxes, H u m m e 1 and Dresden 
;urines. I bought a few souvenirs. One is 

musical beer stein which plays "Auf 
iedersehen", the German farewell song, 
pher German products caught my eye, 
iit my baggage on the plane was limited, 
I I didn't buy very much. 
Of all the Europeans I saw, the Germans 
,emed more like Americans. They are 
ean and industrious. All ages work, 
ren old women were in the fields beside 
lie men and children. We saw Chimney 
Weeps (grimy, sooty-faced men) bicyc- 
'ng along in their traditional black suits 
hid black top hats. German law requires 
S^eryone to have his chimney swept once 
month. They say it's good luck to meet 
j Chimney Sweep on the highway. I 
iiould have luck as I met many in my 

The Wanderers (young German boys 
•essed in tight-fitting dark blue uniforms 
id wide-brimmed hats) are a novel sight. 
I'hen the boys are 15, they leave home for 
I three-year training period in their 
losen profession. They can't return home 
|uring the time they are serving as 

apprentices to barbers, waiters, printers, 
and sat in one of the sidewalk cafes, glass- 
etc. Custom says the Wanderers may not 
ask for rides. They can accept a ride, if 
offered. Mostly, they just wander from 
city to city, learning their trade as they 

Rode On Autobahns 

After several years with the Highway 
Commission, I was naturally curious 
about German highways. We rode over 
portions of the Autobahns. Constructed 
for military defense during Hitler's reign, 
these superhighways stretch 1,300 miles 
across Germany, connecting the larger 
cities. I was amazed that there were no 
speed limits, except for American mili- 
tary personnel, outside cities. The 
Germans really take advantage of this. 
They whiz along in tiny Volkswagens, 
German Fords, and sleek Mercedes-Benz. 

The roadsides were immaculate and 
free of trash and bottles. Even the forests 
had been swept clean of underbrush. The 
landscape is like a patchwork quilt. 
Every usable bit of land is cultivated. 
Only winter rye was growing then, but 
the fields were plowed and ready for 
spring planting. 

Since Medieval days when the people 
lived close together for protection, the 
farmers have lived in villages. In the 
center of each village is a church. Each 
morning the villagers go out to their 
farms. A quaint sight is the shepherds 
and their dogs guarding flocks of sheep 
on the hillsides. They brave the snows 
to tend their flocks. 

German Road Signs 

German road signs are different from 
ours. There are no words or lettering, 
just illustrations. A German sign for a 
railroad crossing is diamond-shaped with 
white background and red border. In the 
center is a little black engine. When the 
crossing is guarded, there are rails on 
either side of the tiny engine. 

It was refreshing to see no outdoor 
advertising signs or billboards. The 
rights of way are free of such distractions. 

The autobahns are fine for high-speed 
traffic, but once you get off these you 
drive on narrow, curving roads which 
are clogged with bicycle riders, pedes- 
trians, horse-teams, oxen, carts, little 
German cars, ducks and chickens. When 
you go through a little town, you drive 
cautiously as the houses are built flush 
with the road and you can't see around 
the corners. 

The Germans are thrifty and treasure 
their possessions. If a motorist kills a 
duck or chicken, he pays the owner not 
only for the dead fowl but for any eggs 
it might have laid for the rest of its life. 

Went To Paris 

Right after the holidays, Virginia and 
I took the crack Orient Express, con- ' 

sidered Europe's most modern train, from 
Nuremburg to Paris for a four-day visit. 
One morning we strolled around Paris 
enclosed during the winter. Legend says 
if you sit long enough, you'll always see 
someone you know. We never did recog- 
nize anyone in the passing throng. 

On a conducted tour, we saw the Place 
de la Concorde (a tomb where Napoleon's 
ashes are buried), the Arc de Triomphe 
(where the French Unknown Soldier is 
buried), on the Avenue des Champs- 
Elysees. Our guide said the Perpetual 
Flame which has burned night and day 
since its lighting after World War I has 
only been extinguished once. During the 
German occupation of World War II, a 
German officer put it out briefly. 

The Eiffel Tower was impressive. We 
didn't go up to the top as it was foggy 
and we couldn't have seen much. We tour- 
ed Notre Dame Cathedral and saw its 
twin towers. One tower is slightly high- 
er than the other since one Bishop is 
always a little higher in authority. We 
saw the La Conciergerie (Marie An- 
toinette was held there awaiting her 
execution), the Sorbonne (the Universi- 
ty of Paris), the Opera House, the 
Madelaine, and the site of the Bastille 
(the big fortress-like prison was de- 
stroyed during the French Revolution). 

One night we saw the spectacular 
Follies-Bergere. No tourist should miss 
this experience. Friends of Virginia took 
us to Pigalle, the nightclub section of 
Paris. In one night spot we had a table 
by the stage. We sipped champagne and 
watched the floor show. The lack of 
clothes on the show girls was no novelty. 
After the Follies, we were shock-proof. 

The next day, we strolled around the 
city and I bought a Paris hat and a few 
gifts for friends. That afternoon, we went 
to Versailles (the palace of Louis XIV, 
XV, and XVI), about 11 miles from Paris. 
The formal flower gardens must be lovely 
in the spring. The many fountains, of 
course, were cut off for the winter. The 
paintings outlined in gold leaf on the 
ceilings and walls were gorgeous. In a 
museum on the palace grounds, we saw 
the gold-encrusted carriages of Napoleon 
and former French kings. We saw the 
elaborately decorated sleighs of Madame 
du Barry and Madame Pompadour. 

We left Paris and returned to Herzo. 
The six weeks had flown and it was time 
to go home. My plane left one hour ahead 
of schedule to miss an approaching snow- 
storm. I got out of Europe just ahead of 
the disastrous January snowstorms and 

My trip to Europe was a memorable 
and thrilling experience, but I was glad 
;*, hjwne ;and >ba(^ lyitb'inj hj^xtay, 
.' fi,it;?iAfs. I '.'o '■,•,• **•,:%*•,♦'',.. i j 

Caledonia Farm Operation To Be Stepped Up 

The Prison Department plans to step up farming opera- 
tions at Caledonia Prison Farm this year. Last year 3, 19 5 
acres were under cultivation. This year 3,470 acres will be 
put to use in raising food for the prison population. 

The Department expects to plant 1,2 00 acres of corn, 60 0 
of small grain, and 500 of soy beans. A permanent pasture 
of 50 0 acres is set aside for the 1,000 head of white-faced 
hereford cattle. The rest of the suitable land will be planted 
with snap beans, tomatoes, alfalfa, sweet and white potatoes 
along with other truck and garden crops. Prisoners at 
Caledonia also tend 2,000 hogs and around 50 head of dairy 

For almost a year, Caledonia has been classified and or- 
ganized as a camp for honor grade negro men prisoners. 
The camp has facilities for about 125 men. At present 7 5 
negro women prisoners work at Caledonia. In time, the 
women will be transferred from Caledonia to Raleigh as 
soon as space is available for them at Woman's Prison. 


The Prison Department thinks Caledonia offers an op h 
tunity for more attention to be focused on farm manageu ii 
and operation. This concentration should result in incre 
farm production at Caledonia. The camp already supplies i 
major portion of the prison system's beef needs. 

Caledonia provides a good chance for the rehabilitatioi 
negro men. Vocational training in agriculture teaches 
men to work, as well as give them a skill which they 
use when released to civilian life. Ralph Edwards is f; 
manager of Caledonia. 

State prison farm supervisor Swicegood plans to set u 
master farming plan for the prison system. He wants 
coordinate and unify prison farming operations. By boost 
farm production, he hopes to make the prison system s 
sufficient in regard to food. In time, he thinks prison fai 
should be able to supply all the food needs of the 10, 
plus prison population. 

Form 3547 Requested 

State Highway Commission 
Raleigh, N. C. 

Sec. 34.66, P.L. & I 


Raleigh, N. C. 
Permit No. 287 



MAY-JUNE, 1954 



CHfineet^ ate Ptcmctenf 

Edward L. Kemper was promoted to Division Engineer of 
the Twelfth, February 26. Kemper, the former assistant Divi- 
sion Engineer, filled a post left vacant by the death of L. B. 
Peck, February 16. 

At the same time, senior Right-of-Way Engineer J. D. Peek 
was moved up to Assistant Division Engineer. 

The Twelfth remains in good hands as both Kemper and 
Peek are qualified highway engineers with many years of 

Kemper started with the Commission as an instrumentman in 

1919. The following year, he was promoted to Resident Engi- 
neer and worked out of the old Ninth District in Asheville. 
From 1925 to 1927, he was Ninth District Construction Engi- 
neer. The following two years, he was Office Engineer of the 
Ninth in the Asheville office. 

He left the Commission briefly in 1929 to work with a culvert 
company. In 1931, he returned to highway work and was Office 
Engineer in the Asheville office. Then in 1937, he was promoted 
to Assistant Division Engineer of the old Ninth Division and 
worked out of the Shelby office. When the Commission was 
enlarged to 14 divisions last year, Kemper continued to assist 
the late L. B. Peck, Division Engineer. 

Kemper was educated in the public schools of Washington, 
D. C. His wife is the former Martha Barrett. They have three 
children: Edward Hudson Kemper, Mrs. Clara Lee Jones, and 
Richard Kemper. They are Episcopalians. The new division 
engineer is a member of the N. C. Society of Engineers and a 
former president of the Shelby Kiwanis Club. He is 58. 

The new assistant division engineer was born in 1903 in 
Franklin. He graduated from the Franklin High School in 

1920. From 1921 to 1924, he attended Tri-State College in 
Indiana. For three years, he was an engineer and superinten- 
dent for a lumber company in Waynesville. From 1929 to 1934, 
he was a transitman and party chief for an oil company in 

In March, 1934, Peek was married to Majetta Singleton of 

From 1935 to 1942, he was a rodman and transitman in the 
Location Department of the Highway Commission. From 1943 


This section of US 301, south of Fayetteville, is a good example of 
a "limited access" highway. Note that side roads may ente"- the main 
road only at designated intersections. This reduces the number of cars 
which otherwise dash out of or suddenly tuin into filling stations, road- 
side businesses, side roads, and private driveways. The picture shows the 
broad, dual-lane highway separated by a grass median strip for safety 
and drainage. There are service roads, for local traffic, on either sid« of 
the highway. Picture was made from the overpass which carries NC 87 
over US 301. 

— Picture by Pete Bonrke 

to 1945, he was a building material estimator for an engines 
ing firm in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In 1945, he returned to higl 
way work as a party chief with Location. In 1948, Peek wi 
made senior Right-of-Way Engineer in the Twelfth Divisio 
a position he held until his recent promotion. 

♦Written by Irene Peck to the late L. B. Peck on his birthda 
There's no dad like my dad, no finer can be found. 
He's sweet and kind and gentle, his judgment always sound, 
He likes his parties, jokes and fun, and sometimes like to roar 
Yet no matter what confronts him, his first concern is home. 
His friends, as I, adore him, he's goodness through and throug 
He always gives a job well-done, what'ere he has to do. 
So let him live a happy life, let all good things caress him, 
One more request I'd like to ask, may God and heaven bless hii 


A Magazine for employees of the North Carolina State 
Highway and Public Works Commission 

Published Bi-Monithly By 
Raleigh. N. C. 

Volume IV 

MAY-JUNE, 1954 

Number 6 



J. Emmett Winslow, 

Forrest Locket, 





H. Maynard Hicks, 

James A. Gray, Jr., 


Snow Hill 



C. Heide Tbask, 

James A. Hardison, 




M. E. Robinson, 

W. Ralph Winkler, 






June F. Scarborough, 




C. A. Hasty, 

J. Fleming Snipes, 





J. Van Lindley, 

Harry E. Buchanan, 



W. H. Rogers, Jr., State Highway Engineer 
R. B. Peters, General Counsel 

Division Correspondents 

Shirley Callis, 

Edward C. Darden, 



Jasper L. Phillips, 

R. B. Fitzgerald, 



Irene L. Wobley, 

Charles R. Smith, 



Wade Pridgen, 

Coka Lee McLean, 


N. Wilkesboro 

J. W. Jenkins, 

Jean Cline, 



Clara Moran, 

Dan Turner, 



P. L. Welch, 

C. J. Beck, 



Margaret Burk, Editor 


dost people are impressed by a big 
tor grader in operation or by a large 
,wler tractor pushing a 48"xl20" buU- 
ser blade or by a tractor pulling a 
aper which can dig and carry as much 
eight cubic yards of earth (about 
000 pounds to a load). This type equip- 
nt stirs the imagination as it is skill- 
ly maneuvered. Few people realize the 
lind-the-scenes work necessary to keep 
h equipment going. 

The work of highway equipment ranges 
m heavy earthmoving to change the 
e and contour of a hillside to close 
erance required in the final dressing of 
cad surface. The advent of this power- 
machinery has made a vast change in 
ghway work in recent years. The 
lount of work accomplished by our 
ces has been greatly increased. 

The Highway Commission owns and 
3rates 259 of the largest motor graders, 
ey're big machines. Each unit weighs 
im 22,000 to 24,000 pounds, is driven by 
100 h.p. diesel motor and moves on six 
00x24 low-pressure pneumatic tires. Few 
ilize how expensive it is to "reshod" 
it one of these 259 machines. The list 
i;ce for a "reshod", including six new 
es and tubes, for a large motor grader 

Expensive to "Reshod" 

The Commission has 225 large crawler 
ictors. Each weighs 26,000 pounds, is 
iven by a diesel motor that develops 

h.p. on the drawbar and moves on two 
!el tracks. A tractor makes two marks 

the ground, each measuring 20 to 24 
|:hes in width by seven to eight feet in 
igth. Net cost of parts including two 
icks, rollers and sprockets to "reshod" 
3t one of these tractors is $3,541.17! 

The "reshodding" together with repair- 
; and supplying parts for this equip- 
jn as well as many other smaller pieces 
equipment is an important and neces- 
ry job of this department. Determining 

Keeping Road Machinery in 

Operation is Big Business 



state Equipment Engineer 

the necessary parts to carry in stock 
plus handling the minute parts for the 
many pieces of our highway equipment 
requires accuracy, skill and experience. 

Buying, then the cataloging, controlling, 
handling and conserving of equipment 
parts is "big business" in an organization 
the size of ours. The job of selecting, buy- 
ing and handling parts and supplies has 
gone through three distinctly different 
phases. Together with the purchasing de- 
partment, we've had to adjust buying 
procedures to meet existing conditions. 

First, there was the shortage period — 
during and right after World War II as 
well as the Korean War. Just to keep 
highway equipment going, it was neces- 
sary to take any available substitute part 
and often every available substitute. Take 
the tire situation. Toward the end of this 
shortage period when tires suddenly be- 
came plentiful, the change in trend was 
not realized in time to prevent excessive 
stockpiling. When tire shipments first 
began coming through on orders given up 
as hopeless, we were afraid not to accept 
delivery. Then too, it was anybody's guess 
as to whether or not the Korean War 
would get worse and tires would again 
be unavailable. 

Demand is now catching up with supply. 
Our surplus stock of tires has been prac- 

tically eliminated. Only a small overstock 
remains in two sizes — 9.00x24 ground grip 
and 6.00x16 ground grip. Need for these 
two sizes during the next six months will 
further reduce the surplus. 

The second phase came during the 200 
million dollar bond program when every 
effort was made to keep all equipment 
operating. Farts and supplies were stock- 
ed with one objective^ — continuous equip- 
ment operation with minimum delay. The 
inevitable result was a material increase 
in the stock of equipment. 

Equipment Available 

Today is the third phase. It's a buyer's 
market. Equipment and supplies are 
readily available. There's healthy competi- 
tion for State business. This department 
is exerting every effort to buy selectively 
and operate on a sound, economical basis. 

Our present equipment program is 
aimed at reducing stocks as well as con- 
trolling purchases. Restriction of "Con- 
firming purchase order" buying is now 
required. The minutes from the February 
meeting of the division equipment super- 
intendents show: 

"The most important subject for 
discussion was inventory control and 
reduction, including the elimination 

(Continued On page 2) 

The Sixth Division Shop at Fayetteville is one of the finest lined up with his oflice crew. He has two "Ruth's" in liis 

id best-equipped in the State. And the Equipment boys oflice: Ruth Goforth on the right, and Ruth McLeod on tlie 

icp it immaculate. left. The other members of liis staff are B. P. Lambert, 

Sixth Division Equipment Superintendent J. W. Upton R. A. Averitt, K. VV. Porter, and D. A. McKethan. 

A great deal of work is being done 
around Fayetteville. Note the falseworlc 
laned bridge over the Cape Fear River. 
965 feet long. 

Equipment Available 

(Continued from page 1) 

or close control of CONFIRMING 
able to show that even the smallest 
item on a confirming purchase order 
(without exception) is for an emer- 
gency need. As a rule, an emergency 
means equipment down for repair. 
Equipment that is dismantled and 
blocking the use of a needed part of 
your shop could also create an emer- 
gency need for the shop space even 
though there is no immediate need 
for the unit of equipment. However, 
as stated above, we must be prepared 
to justify the emergency need. Floor 
mats, filter elements, thermostats, 
scotch tape and similar items will not 
qualify as emergency needs. No items 
in quantity can qualify as emergency 

Interchange Parts 

The strict control of stocks of parts and 
supplies is being pushed further by study- 
ing the interchangeability of parts. Assis- 
tant purchasing agent R. G. King has just 
made a study of engine bearings for 28 
motors of one make. Of the 400 different 
part numbers listed in the manufacturer's 
catalogs for the bearings in these 28 
motors, he found that only 35 part num- 
bers would cover all 400 numbered parts. 
This shows the possibilities of interchang- 
ing parts. A cross-catalog has been set up. 

Associate Equipment Engineer J. V. 
Clifton and Automotive Parts Supervisor 
J. R. Ray have made similar research on 
anti-friction bearings, motor grader trans- 
missions and final drives, electrical parts 
(ignition, starter and lights), small belts, 
filter elements, clutch parts and universal 
joints. As a result, we may be able to buy 
more economically by getting parts that 
can be interchanged. 

on 301, especially 
on the future four- 
The bridge will be 

Scene on right shows service roads being built at the saj 
time that an additional lane is being built on 301, south 
Fayetteville. Local traffic can use the access road. Tourii 
can turn off busy 301 to get to the motel on the right. 

Although much of our present equip- 
ment is badly worn from hard and con- 
tinuous use during the bond program, 
highway forces have been operating effec- 
tively since last July with only a mini- 
mum purchase of new equipment. While 
it's not practical to buy much new equip- 
ment now, our present equipment must be 
kept in good working condition. We must 
make the best possible use of the equip- 
ment on hand. 

New Superintendents 

Efficiency in maintaining equipment has 
been increased by the addition of four 
new division equipment superintendents. 
Four men were promoted to direct this 
work in the field : W. V. Coley at Wilming- 
ton; J. E. Gregson at Asheboro; J. S. 
Zimmerman at North Wilkesboro; and 
Boyd Hamilton at Sylva. 

The new central equipment depot at 
Raleigh has given us improved facilities 
for major overhaul of equipment. Two 
additional division shops, one at Wilming- 
ton and the other at Sylva, are now being 
put into operation. A modern replacement 
for the old division shop at Tarboro is 
being built near Hertford. Last year the 
division shop at Greenville was enlarged. 
County shops were built last year in 
Northampton, Scotland, Cabarrus, and 
Surry. Each will service highway equip- 
ment in its county; the one in Scotland 
will service Hoke as well. The inadequate 
shop at Maury in Greene County will 
soon be replaced. These added shop facili- 
ties will help us render better and more 
efficient field maintenance of machinery. 

We now have an improved building 
design which gives better use of floor 
space in new shops. Instead of building 
a shop with doors only at the end of the 
building, we are constructing multiple 
overhead doors in the sides of the shop. 
This means that equipment down for 
repair doesn't have to be shifted around 
to make room for other machinery. No 
longer can one big piece of equipment 
block the entire shop. 

duPont Visits 



Francis V. duPont of Washington, D. 
Commissioner of the U. S. Bureau 
Public Roads, paid a visit to the off 
of Highway Chairman Graham, March 

Chairman Graham took duPont over 
a brief visit with Governor Umstei 
Dupont went on to South Carolina befc 
returning to the Bureau of Public Roa 
oflSce in Washington, D. C. 

duPont served as a member of 
Delaware State Highway Department fn 
1922 to 1949, including 23 years as Cha 
man. He was responsible for directing t 
engineering, financing and the commen 
ment of construction of the Delawa 
Memorial Bridge, the fifth longest suspt 
sion span bridge in the world. 

In April, 1953, duPont succeed 
Thomas H. MacDonald as Commission 
of the Bureau of Public Roads. Under t 
provisions of the Federal Aid Road 
of 1916, the Bureau of Public Roads w 
created. MacDonald was appointed 
first commissioner in 1919, and serv 
till 1953. From the beginning, the Bure 
has cooperated with and helped 
strengthen the states' own administrati 
of their highway affairs. 

Office Moved 

Resident Engineer D. L. Rink recent 
moved his men from 210 Third Strei 
NW, to new quarters at 427 Fi 
Avenue, SW, in Hickory. The old offi| 
was too small and the parking was 
adequate. The new oflice in the Shufo] 
home has six rooms, a large attic ani 
full basement. In addition, there's 
100 x 100 feet lot which will provi 
adequate off-street parking. 

In the old office, crew members had 
alternate at the desks. There wasi 
room for members of survey teams 
do the necessary paper work during b; 
weather. They had to alternate at t; 
desks. ' 

MAY-JUNE, 1954 



Centerlines Painted 

Traffic Engineer Robert A. Burch 
jcently reported that 11,400 miles of 
interlines and yellow barrier lines were 
tinted last year on the State's highways. 

Burch emphasized that the mileage 
tinted last year does not represent the 
tal of painted lines in use. Many miles 
roads painted in 1952 did not need 
painting last year due to the use of a 
iperior paint. Roads painted in 1953 
ill not require new centerlines this year. 

The new centerlines brought the total 
about 25,000 miles of centerlined roads, 
b show the scope of the work, there are 
)out 33,000 miles of paved roads in the 

Approximately the same number of 
iles were painted on NC numbered 
)utes as on US routes. Twenty-eight per 
nt of the miles painted were on county 
)ads. Rate of application on the white 
|dp lines averaged six gallons per mile. 

Last year's painting operation required 
53,650 gallons of paint. About 45 per 
nt, or 61,000 gallons, were yellow which 
used to mark barrier and "No Passing" 

The lines can mean the difference 
tween safety and disaster. Burch said, 
'It is dangerous for a motorist to start 
issing when the sight distance is 600 
■et or less. The yellow line means 'drive 
ith caution, stay on your side of the line, 
atch for intersections and cross roads.' 
he yellow centerline is for the motorist's 
rotection. However, the absence of a 
jllow line does not necessarily mean 
lere is enough time and space for a 
otorist to safely pass and get back in 
IS proper lane." 

Since centerlining is done in warm 
eather, work will start soon on this 
;ar's paint operation. All the centerline 
lint used last year was manufactured at 

Central Prison, and all of it was premixed 
with reflectorized beads which give the 
centerlines greater visibility at night. 

Division sign supervisors are J. R. 
Faucette at Ahoskie, J. D. Parker at 
Greenville, L. R. Merritt at Wilmington, 
J. B. Connor at Wilson, B. P. Wheeler at 
Durham, G. L. Coleman at Fayetteville, 
L. H. Wilson at Greensboro, C. H. Dudley 
at Asheboro, O. K. Stephens and S. M. 
Pressley at Winston-Salem, W. E. Canfleld 
at Albemarle, W. J. Watts at North 
Wilkesboro, E. J. Rector at Shelby, C. P. 
Reeves at Asheville, and J. F. Bryson at 
Sylva. These men are responsible not only 
for all centerline painting but all road 
signs in their respective divisions. 

Asphalt School Held 

The third annual asphalt paving school, 
held in Raleigh, February, 15-19, was con- 
ducted jointly by the Bituminous Depart- 
ment and the Division of Materials and 

State Highway Engineer W. H. Rogers, 
Jr., opened the school with an inspiring 
talk. He cited the benefits to be derived 
from the school and stressed the duties 
and responsibilities of the construction 

Bituminous Engineer T. V. Fahnestock 
commented, "It is a proven fact that even 
with the finest specifications and design, 
good pavement cannot be obtained con- 
sistently unless all construction proced- 
ures are properly carried out." 

The necessity for adequate and compe- 
tent inspection during construction was 
emphasized. To properly control the pro- 
duction of bituminous mixtures, two in- 
spectors at each plant are essential. One 
man is responsible for the actual plant 
operations, e.g., the drying, screening and 
proportioning of the aggregates together 
with the proportioning of the bituminous 
material, watching temperature controls 

of aggregates and bitumen, and checking 
mixing time. He must see that truck 
bodies are in good condition and sprayed 
so material doesn't stick to sides. Then 
he must be sure that loaded trucks are 

The other inspector in the asphalt plant 
would sample and test aggregates and 
bituminous material. He would test the 
finished mix, prepare samples and make 
daily reports of roadway and plant 

The roadway inspectors would check 
preparation of old base for pavement, 
proper application of prime or tack coat, 
and correct operation of finishing machine 
to insure proper thickness, grade and 
cross section of the pavement, and the 
rolling operation. He must see that the 
new pavement is not damaged by traffic. 
The roadway inspector was instructed on 
the correct methods of sampling com- 
pleted pavements. 

The necessity of having two roadway 
inspectors on bituminous surface treat- 
ment work was stressed. It was explained 
that with the equipment now in use for 
this type of construction, it is almost 
impossible for one man to see that all 
phases of surface treatment work are 
properly handled. 

The purpose of the school was to 
impress the field men with the importance 
of their work and to give up-to-date 
instructions on the use of asphalt. 

Movies and slides were shown. These 
clearly illustrated the important items 
of equipment and plants used in pavement 

Several sessions dealt with bituminous 
surface treatment work. After each talk, 
a general discussion was held. The men 
from the field entered right into the 
question and answer period. 

James E. Civils of the Motor Vehicles 
Department spoke forcefully on highway 

j Work progresses on bypass around northeast Durham, 
jcene on left shows heavy earth-moving machines grading 
(>r the four-laned relocation of US 70. Middle scene shows 
|ig concrete pipe being laid. Right picture shows steel piles 
hich were driven in preparation for two big overhead 

Pictures by Pete Bourke 

bridges. When completed, this project will run from a point 
about 1970 feet northwest of US 15, south crossing Fish 
Dam Road and NC 98, to a point on US 70 about 2300 feet, 
south of the Southern Railroad. The new bypass will con- 
nect with new sections of US 70 being built to Raleigh. 

[AY-JUNE, 1954 



N.C.S.H.E.A. Association News 

Vol. 4 — Edition 5 

May, 1 

recently by the resolution adopted by the 
Raleigh City Council requesting the State 
Personnel Department to change hours so 
that State Employees would stop work at 
5:15 instead of 5:30 p.m. daily. They did 
not, of course, realize the full implications 
of such a move — to change just 15 minutes 
daily, a total of 1 hour and 15 minutes in 
5 days, could easily mean the reduction 
of one increment from the salary range. 
Regardless of how we once worked, our 
salaries are all now based in Raleigh on 
the 40-hour week (and in many other 
places also), and a change of 2 hours or 
major fraction can mean the change of 
one increment in the range. A poll of 
employees showed they did not wish to 
begin work earlier due to complications 
with commuters, taking children to school, 
and many other reasons; we could not 
shorten the lunch hour as it is too crowd- 
ed now. The only solution left would be 
returning to work on Saturdays— AND 
NOBODY WANTS THAT— or a cut. Your 
Secretary conferred at length with Clifton 
Beckwith, Executive Secretary of the 
State Employees' Association; we con- 
ferred with Governor Umstead and with 
Personnel Director John McDevitt; con- 
tacts were made with City Officials, with 
the Merchants Bureau, and we found that 
it seemed to be a tempest in a teapot, in 
fact, the merchants disclaimed any spon- 
sorship of the idea at all. As a result, it 
was agreed that both Associations had the 
same idea on this — no change at all — and 
there would be no need for both Secre- 
taries to appear before the State Person- 

nel Council and present the identical same 
arguments. Consequently, your Secretary 
authorized Mr. Beckwith to speak for the 
Highway Employees as well as his own 
group, and he did an excellent job. The 
results — NO CHANGE — ^you are familiar 
with that fact. It took too long to work 
up to the present working-hour schedule — 
let's don't let anybody tamper with it in 
any possible way that might cause a 
change for the worse. 

LY — the 2 % contingent increase seems 
to be lost by the wayside. The bill passed 
by the '53 Legislature provided this PRO- 
VIDED General Fund revenues exceeded 
appropriations in sulBcient amounts 
EACH YEAR to pay the 2^^% bonus. 
This would mean additional revenue of 
$2,513,000 for 1953-'54 and $2,535,677 for 
1954-'55. According to present figures, this 
is definitely out and we cannot expect it 
this year — but perhaps next, who knows? 
This may be a blessing in disguise! You 
ask "why"? Suppose revenues just barely 
did exceed in the General Fund in the 
amounts suflicient to pay, and the bonus 
was paid. Then, next October or Novem- 
ber, when revenues normally decline, we 
might have a decline of more than has 
been normal in the past few years. What 
would then happen; More than likely a 
general salary cut to take up the slack 
and we would be in worse shape than ever. 
I have talked with many and they feel 
this could easily happen — but that per- 
haps the non-payment of this 2 1/^ % bonus 
now might be the stop-gap to save us. The 
Highway Revenues will be sufficient, I 

am told, but we cannot be paid the bori 
unless the General Fund shows the s 
plus, and that is the joker in our de 
What I am really interested in and o 
cerned about now is holding our own 
the 1955 General Assembly!! If so 
groups try to cut taxes and also ( 
services, and other groups try to incre; 
taxes and continue present services 
even improve them, it might turn intc 
real battle. If revenues are still declini 
at that time, we as State Employees m 
be in the middle and it will take 1 
efforts of every single person and the i 
of every weapon at our command to sa 
the situation — let's don't forget that. 

LOTTE— Named Robert Lee Brown 1 
General Robert E. Lee, but dropped 
extra initial "E" — born 1887, in Shel 
(the great State of Cleveland) — follow 
railroad construction from time finish 
school to 1921, then began work with t 
Mecklenburg Highway Commission 
General Superintendent of Construct! ' 
and Maintenance — -held this job doi 
until the political bug bit, and th 
insistence of local people he ran f 
Commissioner of Public Works for Ci 
of Charlotte and was elected in 19 
serving until City Charter was chang 
to managerial form of government — i 
turned to highway work with the Highw 
Commission in 1933, and still working, 
now Maintenance Supervisor in Meckk 
burg, and has served in Union, Gaston ai 
Lincoln Counties — "Bob" is member 
(Continued on page 6) 



March 19 was Ladies Night when the NCSHEA held a 
safety meeting and fish fry at the Prison Camp in Richmond 
County. District Engineer John G. Hall was master of cere- 
monies. He gave a short talk on safety and commended the 
employees on their accident-free safety record since Rich- 
mond has been in the Eighth Division. 

There were 22 ladies present and 45 men. The following 
men were guests: Hal McMillan, ijast chairman of Unit Six; 
Luther Berrier, chairman of Unit Eight; Herman Shaw, 

secretary of Unit Eight; .). E. Gregson, Eighth Divisi( 
Equipment Superintendent; Mr. Thames, superintendent 
Scotland County Prison Camp; C. B. Wicker, Eighth Di^l 
sion Prison Supervisor; Chief Allen of Rockingham Folic 
.J. E. Lee, supervisor of Richmond County; Mr. Adams 
Rockingham Water Department; R. L. Brown, second vie 
president of the NCSHEA; Fred Biggerstafl, president ■ 
the NCSHEA; and Otis Banks, executive-secretary of tl 

MAY-JUNE, 1954 



The Second District office of the Fourteenth Division 
(Sties in tlie mountains near Bryson City. E. L. Curtis is 

Pictures by Dr. Kelly Bennett 

District Engineer. The maintenance shed on the far right 
was built last year. D. E. Hyatt is maintenance supervisor. 

Concrete Schools Held 

3ix men from the Division of Materials 
IS one representative from the Bridge 
partment held eight concrete meetings 
•oughout the State during February and 

f opic of discussion was portland cement 
.acrete structures. The materials men 
cussed the recent advances In pro- 
lures and materials of concrete. 
The meetings, usually day-long affairs, 
re held in centrally located highway 
/islon oflBces, across the State. The 
oups usually numbered 50. A total of 
men, including nine division engi- 
prs, twelve assistant division engineers, 
resident engineers, 187 highway engi- 
prs, 17 district engineers, and seven 
(ilntenance supervisors attended the 
ormatlon sessions. concrete which has been 
;d the past two years in all highway 

uctures and pavements was thoroughly 

cussed. Ready-mixed concrete Is being 
3d more and more extensively each 
ison. Concrete technicians explained the 

eful inspection so necessary in controll- 

: this source of concrete. 

Bridge Work 

The Bridge Construction Engineers gave 
brmatlve talks on form work, placing 
nforclng, rubbed finishes, and piles. 
The meetings were informal, with fre- 
ent rest periods. This gave the men 
ae to absorb the Information. Questions 
re numerous and pointed. 
A.ccordlng to Materials Engineer C. E. 
oudley, "From the discussion periods, 
iiny suggestions and new ideas emerged 
ilch should benefit the men In the 
lelgh office as much as the men in the 

iPhyslcal Testing Engineer J. E. 
iiompson spoke on "Importance of Using 
eclficatlon Materials and Accurate Pro- 
rtloning"; Materials Inspector W. R. 
chardson on "How Ready-Mixed Con- 

crete Plants are Approved"; Materials 
Engineer C. L. Smith on "Duties of the 
Inspector Assigned to the Ready-Mixed 
Concrete Plant"; Bridge Construction 
Engineer J. J. Powell and R. F. Nickel 
on "Duties of Inspectors at the Job Site"; 
C. L. Smith on "Depositing, Finishing and 
Protecting Concrete"; Materials Inspector 
G. E. Hill on "Making and Handling Con- 
crete Test Specimens"; Materials Inspec- 
tor J. P. Pendergrass on "Operational Re- 
ports"; and Thompson on "Air-entraining 

Proudley was In charge of the meetings. 

One tangible result of the 1954 meetings 
Is the Inspector's Manual which Is now 
being revised. When complete and mimeo- 
graphed, it will be available through the 
division offices. 

Survey To Be Made 

In April, Chairman Graham signed an 
agreement with Parsons, Brinkerhoff, 
Hall and McDonald, an engineering firm 
of New York, to make a detailed survey 
of the State's highway needs and highway 

He explained that such a study is neces- 
sary If the State is to meet its obligation 
to the people for the next ten years. In 
looking to the future, he said the High- 
way Commission should not only give the 
1955 Legislature an accounting of its 
stewardship but its ideas on highway 

The study will Involve an appraisal of 
the adequacy of all road, highway and 
bridge segments on road systems under 
the jurisdiction of the Highway Commis- 
sion and evaluate the present and future 
maintenance and Improvement needs and 
attendant costs, year by year, for the 
next decade. 

A similar study made by the engineer- 
ing staff in 1951 indicated about $345,000,- 
000.00 would have been needed then for a 
long-range modernization of the rural 
primary system alone. 

Study Financing 

Parallel studies will be made of high- 
way fund revenue forecasts, the equity of 
motor vehicle and motor fuel taxation. 
The final phase will Involve financial 
studies and recommendations as to ways 
and means of obtaining funds necessary 
to meet present and future needs. 

The New York firm will complete the 
study within the next seven months at a 
cost of $110,000.00. 

The Parsons firm was founded in 1925 
and has specialized in the field of con- 
sulting engineering on a national basis. 
It is a highly reputable, capable and 
experienced firm. It has a staff of over 
425 officials and employees in the pro- 
fessional and technical fields and has 
completed highway studies in Florida, 
Connecticut, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, 
the Ohio Turnpike, the Garden State 
Parkway in New Jersey, the New Jersey 
Turnpike, and the New York State Thru- 

At present, a branch of the firm is 
conducting a survey of the State's inland 
ports and waterways. 

The firm will assign resident directing 
personnel. Chief Engineer Rogers and 
James S. Burch, Engineer of Statistics 
and Planning, will work closely with the 
firm's engineers and economists through- 
out the survey. 

New Faces 

It's a toss-up as to who is the happiest 
grandfather, Chief Counsel Brookes Peters 
or Chief Engineer Bill Rogers. Brookes 
Peters has a brand new grandson, Robert 
Brookes Peters, IV, who was born April 
24 in the Edgecombe General Hospital in 
Tarboro. The mother of the baby is the 
former Frances McClure of Ashevllle. Bill 
Rogers is mighty proud of his first little 
granddaughter, Mary Emory Rogers, who 
was born April 26 in the Memorial Hos- 
pital in Charlotte. The mother of the baby 
is the former Elizabeth Emory of Chapel 

4Y-JUNE, 1954 




(Continued from page 4) 

Tabernacle Church, Masonic Lodge, Oasis 
Shrine Temple, N. C. Society of Engineers, 
Piedmont Kennel Club, and our own Vice- 
President — loves to breed, raise, train and 
show Scotties — is the greatest lover of 
fishing you ever saw, from "barefoot boy 
cane-pole days" right up to now — has 
enough fishing equipment to open a store 
— can fish and furnish the equipment in 
any stream from the bathtub to the ocean 
— wife, Annie Mae Austin of Charlotte 
passed away in 1953 after 43 years of 
married life — has a son, Robert, Junior, 
who is now a Colonel in the Army and 
stationed in Raleigh following recent 
service in Korea and prior to that in the 
European Theatre in WW II— Bob is 6' 1", 
weighs 230, has a 85" reach and still packs 
a helluva wallop — he used to be mighty 
good at pool and stud poker, but I can 
tell you he's no good at black jack. We're 
looking forward to the future with "Bob" 
and our congratulations to him for his 
long period of service to the Commission 
and the Association. 

ASSOCIATION — since assuming the full- 
time job of Secretary, I have handled 143 
cases of all kinds of retirement matters — 
investigations to get prior service credits, 
retirement applications, estimates on re- 
tirement, etc. from both our own System 
and the Law Enforcement Funds (we have 
members there also). This in addition to 
attendance at meetings of the Board of 
Trustees of the Retirement System, trips 
to Washington on Social Security, our own 
Committee Meetings, conferences with 
Nathan Yelton and others, contacts with 
Congressmen and Senators on legislation 
affecting our System. This is just brought 
out to show you that the Association 
works for the membership always, and in 
many ways that do not show up publicly. 
Some of these cases took several days to 
work out, and meant the difference in 
quite a few dollars monthly in retirement 
pay for the retired member. We are happy 
to offer this service to our Members. Also, 
a monthly report is rendered to the Re- 
tirement Committee and General Officers 
on those Highway Employees who have 
retired during the month, giving age, 
service, retirement pay, and other data 
for comparison purposes. Right now, the 
matter of Social Security is foremost, and 
we are in constant touch with Washington 
on this. 

IT IS TIME FOR DUES — and you 
should continue to be one of the thousands 
now members. Your Association has been 
responsible for many benefits you would 

not have received otherwise — they set the 
pattern for "across-the-board" increases; 
sponsored legislation for retirement im- 
provements, increased vacation annual 
allowance, increased workmen compensa- 
tion benefits, and were responsible for 
the FIVE-DAY WORK WEEK. We have 
plans for the future, and right now are 
working steadily toward the 1955 General 
Assembly, where we feel we must work 
hard and work together as a large unit 
to safeguard our attainments. It is not 
necessary to tell you our history — you 
know it, and should (I know you do) 
realize that without such an organization 
we might go backward somewhat instead 
of forward. Look at all the other States 
with similar organizations, and the re- 
sults attained — compare ours, as I have, 
and you will find that we have made more 
progress than the majority. LET'S ALL 
BE MEMBERS IN 1954-'55!! 

THE NCSHEA is NOT a Union, it is 
NOT an intangible or abstract "thing". 
It is at present 8,500 people wanting, in 
common, improvements in working wel- 
fare (not detrimental to the State), want- 
ing to work together with the strength of 
members to gain proper aims! We are not 
by-and-large we are a representative body 
of GOOD EMPLOYEES and there is room 
in our Association for ALL HIGHWAY 
EMPLOYEES, so that everybody can help 
share the burden — we want all the thou- 
sands who value the attributes of courage, 
loyalty, honesty, faithfulness, and a gen- 
uine desire to be worthy of their hire. 
We solicit the membership of all, but we 
do not sponsor the lazy, selfish, greedy 

or super-critical ; we have important wor, 
to do for the welfare of our State and ou 
own Highway Commission. Today 8,50 
members are able and willing to spea 
through their Association for the rightin 
of wrongs, the improvement of workin 
conditions, the principle of fair treatmer 
and justice, and without jeopardy of pe 
sonal reprisal. We have the assurance 
our Chairman, our Commission, our Di 
partment Heads and Division Engineer! 
that we will not be intimidated becaus 
we are members, so long as we work in a 
upright manner for the things we thin 
reasonable, justifiable, and not detrimei 
tal to our own State. WHO COULD AS] 

I CLOSE WITH THIS: A man's lii 
is full of trouble; he comes into the worl 
without his consent and goes out usuall 
against his will; the trip in between 
very rocky; when he is little, big girli 
kiss him, but when he is big, only littl 
girls kiss him; if he's poor, he's said t ' 
be a bad manager, but if he's rich, the 
say he's dishonest; if he needs credit 
can't get it and if he's prosperous, everjBf' 
body wants to do him a favor; if he's i 
politics, they say he takes graft, and i 
he's out they say he's not patriotic; if h 
dies young, there was a great future fo 
him, if he lives to be old, he missed hi 
calling; if he works hard, he's crazy, an^ 
if he doesn't work, he's a bum — so what 
the use? 

OTIS BANKS, Secretary 



tearing of surface during laying 
Rich or faTspots 



MAY-JUNE, 1954 






I HE BRIDGE Department welcomes 
le following new designers and drafts- 
^n in the drafting room: Edioard 8. 
\)yd, F. F. Carmiencke, and J. C. Enright 
I . Mrs. Kirvin N. Satterwhite is a new 
iPist-clerk . . . The four new men in 
fe structm-e survey division are Durivood 
ill, Jr., Jack A. Parker, Charles A. Ruth, 
\.d J. J. Tola . . . They're glad to have 
illiams M. And7-eu:s, Jr., who has trans- 
rred from Division 12 in Shelby to the 
Meigh office . . . D. Scott Brown, J. 
\lbert Teel, and James K. Hagwood 
icently resigned. 

SERVICE emblems in the Bridge De- 
.rtment go to T. B. Gunter, Jr., for 30 
ars; Ralph P. Coble for 25; Murray S. 
owell, Joseph J. Baldivin, and Charles 

Abernethy for 15; David F. Dills for 
a; and John L. Wiggins for five years 

. Congratulations to each! 
SYMPATHY goes to Jack A. Parker of 
ructure surveys in the unexpected death 

his father, Leslie A. Parker of Rocky 
ount . . . Mr. Parker had been an 
;lantic Coast Line Railroad employee 
r over 30 years. 

JANIE WILSON, former stenographer 
the Bridge Department, is mighty 
oud of her little daughter, Susan Ann, 
ho was born March 9 . . . Bridge Con- 
ruction Engineer R. F. Nickel announc- 
the birth of his second daughter, 
llian Ann, March 16, by sending a 
emorandum similar to his final inspec- 
)n reports on structure projects. 
JOE POWELL, Bridge Construction 
Qgineer, and his wife announced the 
igagement of their only daughter, 
•anna, to William Elton Adams, Jr., 
so of Raleigh . . . The wedding will be 
June after the graduation of Joanna 
om East Carolina College and the 
oom from N. C. State College. 

ENGINEERING Aide Glenn G. Jenkins, 
Jr., was married to Mary Anne Keel, 
March 27, in the Eighth Street Christian 
Church in Greenville. 

SURVEYS were completed on the pro- 
posed bridge across Croatan Sound be- 
tween Manteo and Manns Harbor . . . One 
result of the stay of the survey party in 
Manteo was the marriage of Thomas W. 
Wood, engineering aide, to Barbara 
Dowdy of Manteo, March 27. 

Sympathy is extended to Roy T. Reams, 
mechanic, in the death of his mother in 
February ... To Kenneth C. House, 
mechanic, in the death of his father in 
March . . . And to George S. Dean, steam 
fitter, in the recent death of his daughter. 

TWO MEN at the Equipment Depot 
are now back on the job . . . Charlie H. 
Allred, mechanic, was sick for some time 
. . . James H. Page, automotive parts 
clerk, was hospitalized for awhile. 

SPEEDY RECOVERY goes to Superin- 
tendent E. T. Pearce of the Equipment 
Depot who has been in Rex Hospital 

since March 27 ... To J. G. Reams, Sr., 
machinist, who was a patient at Duke 
. . . And to L. E. Johnson, carpenter, who 
was home ill. 

NEW FACES . . . The W. R. Honeycutts 
are proud parents of a baby girl, born 
January 3 . . . The E. J. Hudson's new 
arrival is a son who was born January 
SI ... J. H. Crabtrce, steam fitter fore- 
man, is a seasoned grandfather since the 
birth of his new granddaughter. 

BELATED birthday greetings to Louise 
Bernard who is in charge of the file room 
. . . Her birthday is on St. Patrick's Day, 
March 17. 

CHARLES T. REAMS, after a two year 
absence, has returned to work as a 
mechanic in the magneto room at the 
Raleigh Equipment Depot. 

FROM THE LAB . . . Fred Waller, Jr., 
and his wife became the proud parents 
of a daughter. Donna Leigh, February 26 
. . . Mrs. Helen J. Brothers visited her 
home town, Carthage, March 26, to attend 
the open house given for Adlai Stevenson 
. . . Four families from the lab went down 

This picture was made about 1925 in the roadway drafting room over in the old 
highway building. The late Vance Baise was chief draftsman then. Three of the 
men are still with the Commission. Tom Park is roadway design engineer; Willie 
Hobbs is in location drafting room; and John Morson is roadway planning engineer. 
From left, Park, next man is not identified, W. S. Mann who is with Dixie Culvert 
and Metal Company, Hobbs, Ed Cothran who is with the Carolina Asphalt Associa- 
tion, Smith, C. D. Arthur, Ed Barton, and Morson. 

AY-JUNE, 1954 



Pitt County members of the NCSHEA went all out for 
the Tacky Party held March 5, in the Highway Garage at 
Greenville. The judges of the tackiest costume are seated in 
the middle. From left, see Mrs. Warren Aldridge, Mrs. 
Vernice Benton, and Mrs. Earl Crump. J. G. Gibbs and Mrs. 
Kathleen Woolard were judged the tackiest two. 

Gibbs was master of ceremonies for the panel, "Know 
Your Association." Panellists were Hazel Baker, Johnnie 
Pollard, George Minch, E. D. Credle, Johnnie Edwards, Mrs. 
Carl Abee, and Ralph Bailey. 

C. D. Bass, Lonnie Buck, Jasper Boyd, and D. F. Johnson 
prepared and served a 'barbecue dinner. 

Dr. Warren Aldridge entertained the group at thei 
quarterly meeting by pantomiming "In the Book" and sinj 
ing "Football Game." Earl Crump spoke briefly. 

H. A. Hendrix, chairman of the recently organized Pi 
Chapter of the N. C. State Employees Association (simils 
to our State Highway Employees Association), was a 
honored guest. Other guests included the William Bentoi 
of Wilson; J. H. Alford of Durham; H. H. Wesley, Jah 
White, and the Robert Morgans of Washington; the J. I 
Cutchins and Mrs. Sybil Smith of New Bern; Georg 
Entsistle of Utlca, N. Y. ; the Bob Boyettes, Mrs. Warre 
Aldridge, Rev. Peyton, and the Clyde Landings of Greenville 

Hilda Russell made a nice recovery froi 
her operation . . . She's back at work noTi 
upon the birth of his second child an 
first son, David Earl, III, in January . . 
Raymond Jones has started to work i 
the reproduction department. 

REPORT from Roadway . . . Lydi 
Alexander is wearing a pretty diamond 
she will marry B. T. Kornegay of Garne 
in June . . . The Tom Parks went dow 
for the Azalea Festival . . . Dick Turne 
and his wife recently went to Charlesto; 
to see the gardens . . . Jean Hill is a ne^ 
draftswoman . . . George Sakas has tranf 
ferred from the Fourth Division office i 
Wilson to the Raleigh office . . . Two ne^ 
draftsmen are Robert Wood and Rufn 
O'Daniel . . . W. T. Daughtry transferre 
from the Ahoskie office to work tempoi 
arily in the Raleigh drafting room . . 
Peggy Smith will be married June 18 t 
Clyde Bryan. 

LEGAL HIGHLIGHTS . . . E. 0. Bros, 
den who was called back in the Navy wil 
be returning to civilian life soon . . 
He'll return to the highway legal deparl 
ment . . . Chief Counsel R. Brookes Peter 
was recently elected president of th 
Raleigh Rotary Club . . . Ken Wooten tool 
his wife and baby daughter to Florida fo 
a brief vacation . . . They visited hi 
parents in Jackson, Tennessee, ove 
Easter . . . When Barbara Sykes marrie 
in July, she will be attended by Bonni 
Wall of Personnel and Dolly Smith o 

THREE MEN is Roadway will soo 
receive service emblems . . . T. G. Mood 
passed his 20 year work anniversary las 
fall . . . W. H. Barker will have ten year 

for the Azalea Festival: Mr. and Mrs. 
C. E. Proudley, the W. H. Shearons, the 
A. Duke Morgans, and Mr. and Mrs. A. T. 
O'Berry and their daughters . . . The re- 
search lab has two new employees: J. R. 
Moye, III, who started February 15; and 
G. L. Bryan, working part-time, who 
started April 1. 

PRISON NEWS . . . There are four 
new employees: Mrs. Mildred Baker who 
is secretary to W. L. Fleming; Earl Bush 
and Claude R. Cook who are extradition 
officers; and Samuel H. Goldfein who is a 

BRIDGE Maintenance doings . . . Pam 
and Joe Connelly with Becky and Sam 
Griffin went over to Duke to hear the 
Chesterfield Music Festival which fea- 
tured Guy Lombardo, Ray Anthony, Peter 
Lind Hayes, and Mary Healy . . . Recently 
Ralph Carroll and his wife, Leola, spent 
a week-end fishing at Bugg's Island . . . 
Charlie Biggs celebrated his birthday, 
March 16 . . . April 1, is the birthday of 
C. B. Taylor . . . Worth Sanderjord's aunt 
died recently. 

RIGHT-OF-WAY news . . . James N. 
Vause is a new right-of-way engineer . . . 

Tlie men of the Sixth Divi.sion Equipment Department in Fayetteville really got 
in the spirit of the town's Bicentennial which was held April 19-35. The men of 
the division shop grew an assorted crop of beards, sideburns, and mustaches. Note 
the string tie, derbies, and top hats. 

Front row, from left, H. S. Jackson, E. T. Flinchum, David McKeithan, A. E. 
Garner of Road Oil, J. M. Arthur, R. J. Carter, J. T. Jackson, J. L. Stephens. Second 
row, from left, W. C. Owen, Joshua White, E. P. Lambert, A. E. Cox, C. H. Spark- 
man of Landscape, R. S. Capps, T. E. Culbreth, Charlie Thames, D. O. Lawrence. 
Third row, from left, J. W. Upton, M. O. Edge, R. L. Williams, R. A. Averitt, A. B. 
Paircloth, and W. T. Pettus. 

MAY-JUNE, 1954 



1 his credit in June . . . J. H. Evans has 
lUnded out five years of service. 
AVIS KNIGHT recently drove up with 
iveral friends to see the cherry blossoms 
1 Washington, D. C. 

L. W. PAYNE and W. H. Rogers, Jr., 
lok their wives to the annual meeting 
id Ladies Night of the Cape Fear Engi- 
;ers Club in Fayetteville, April 16. 

CITY officials of Aberdeen had a shad 
ike, April 23 . . . All the department 
3ads in the Raleigh offices were invited. 

IT'S GOOD to see Margaret Seagroves 
ick at work in the Raleigh Equipment 

' FROM ACCOUNTING . . . Mrs. Edythe 
.rocker is the proud mother of a little 
iOy who was born April 7 . . . Mrs. 

ertha Daniel is Sam Smith's secretary 
,hile Edythe is out . . . Emily Sinsley's 
usband is recuperating from a serious 
peration . . . Marjie Williams took a 

eek of vacation in April to visit her 
.ister in Hampton, Virginia . . . Alderman 
'ei-ritt's brother, Herbert Merritt of 
enoir, died March 23. 

NEWS from Statistics . . . Jane Walker 
ssigned April 9, to return to her home 
1 Vaughn . . . Blanchie Bradley took off 

week to be with her father in Wilming- 
m when he was sick . . . Marvin Gates 
nd Charles Townsend took their wives 
3 the Azalea Festival . . . Betty Miles 
ecently made a quick visit to her family 
^ Pennsylvania. 

ON LOCATION . . . Paul Ferguson of 
tie drafting room was recently promoted 
'rem Master Sergeant to Warrant Officer, 
unior Grade, in the Army Organized 
[leserve Corps . . . Sudie Seltman took 
\me off to visit a few days with her 
ister in Charleston. 

. JAMES E. BARLOW of Lenoir, an 
,ngineering student at State, who is a 
.art-time employee in the Bridge Drafting 
iioom was chairman of the recent 22nd 
innual Engineers' Exposition at State 


j Division Correspondent 

Get WELL WISHES to H. P. King 
ind F. M. Carlisle . . . Both have been out 
|ick for sometime . . . Carlisle is recu- 
perating from a recent operation in the 
i^arolina Memorial Hospital . . . Hope 
iioth will soon be well and back on the 

J. M. CLAGON who had been with 
Construction for sometime retired in 

I CONGRATULATIONS to the following 
lew parents: Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Sim- 
nons; Mr. and Mrs. Wayland Joyner, Jr.; 

Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Reynolds; and Mr. and 
Mrs. H. S. Peel . . . We know each family 
is proud of its new baby. 


Division Correspondent 

The QUARTERLY meeting of the 
Lenoir Chapter of the NCSHEA was held 
in the maintenance shop in Kinston in 
January . . . There were 121 folks present 
... It was Ladies Night so the men went 
out of their way to be good hosts . . . 
Pig and chicken barbecue was served . . . 
Everyone enjoyed the entertainment — 
quiz questions, guessing games, and 
"Know Your Man" . . . Prizes ranged 
from crisp one dollar bills to electric hot 
pads ... A five-piece band played for 
round and square dancing . . . J. G. Gibbs 
spoke briefly . . . Special guests were 
Mrs. Herman Grady, Dallas Grimes, and 
Reverend and Mrs. Pharr . . . The same 
group enjoyed food and fellowship, March 
12, at the Highway Garage . . . They 
square danced afterwards. 

BELATED birthday greetings go to 
L. McDonald, E. D. Credle, L. F. 
Waters, L. B. Cox, W. L. Ebron, C. L. 
Gray, W. F. Haddock, G. C. Phillips, 
W. K. Smith, and Eugene Wood. 

parents . . . The R. L. Walkers announce 
the birth of a ten-pound baby boy, Wayne 
Levern, January 26 . . . Mrs. Walker 
formerly worked in the district office in 
Washington . . . Mr. and Mrs. Floyd 
Stilley announce the birth of an eleven- 
pound boy, February 14 . . . Mr. Stilley 
is a section foreman out of the Washing- 
ton District Office . . . Mr. and Mrs. W. A. 
Fisher announce the birth of a daughter, 
Brenda Jane, March 9 . . . Mr. Fisher is 
also a section foreman in the Washington 

THE SICK LIST . . . Three men are 

Road oil forces were widening US 02, 
north of Albemarle, the day picture was 
made. That's James H. Flake, the opera- 
tor, on the left. 

back on the job after recent illnesses: 
Gang foreman L. P. Hardison, Sr., of New 
Bern, District Engineer C. Y. Griffin, and 
Gang foreman W. B. Manning . . . Mrs. 
Mildred Dail, stenographer-clerk in the 
Kinston office, is back after an operation 
and three-week stay in the hospital . . . 
Carl B. Austin is improving after his 
sickness in March . . . Road Oil foreman 
Willie Adams is back on the job after an 
extended illness . . . "Capt. Paul" Craw- 
ford, Superintendent of the Pitt County 
Prison Camp, was a patient in the Pitt 
Memorial Hospital . . . It's good to have 
Section foi-eman Asa Moore of Pitt County 
back at work after an illness of several 

VACATIONS . . . The M. E. Newmans 
of Kinston report an enjoyable two-week 
visit with his parents and brother, just 
back from overseas duty, in Glasgow, 
Missouri . . . Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Briley 
recently visited friends and relatives in 

H. H. WESLEY, H. L. Briley, J. L. 
McDonald, 8. V. Catlett, Anne Askew, and 
Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Cox attended the 
funeral of I. F. Hardeman in High Point. 

From left, Highway Engineer II Kenneth W. Rabb, Highway Engineer III Drew 
D. Wright, Highway Engineer I Tom Gowan, and Resident Engineer J. E. Terrell 
had just looked over the final estimate on roadway project 8521, the relocation of 
US 70 from Old Fort to Ridgecrest. These men did a good job of supervising the 
6.002 miles of grading and drainage. The largest grading project ever constructed 
in the State, a total of 3,363,245.7 cubic yards of unclassified excavation was 

VIAY-JUNE, 1954 



The group of men on the left were all set for a big rabbit 
hunt. From left, see C. Rogers, E. K. McGinnis, M. Gibson, 
G. Eargle, M. Jones, and M. Brown. 

The group on the right paused in front of the truck shed. 
From left, L. Kelley, L. Pender, L. Barkley, A. F. Penninger, 

R. H. Gabriel, W. A. Irving, M. Gibson, J. Ranson, H. 
Shelton, H. W. Goodrum, F. Ranson, Bill Pender, J. Heir 
E. K. McGinnis, J. B. Thomburg, J. M. Hager, P. Norke 
J. G. Alexander, B. Readllng, and J. Mason. Both grou 
are maintenance employees at the Huntersville Camp. 




J. T. TYSON of the equipment depart- 
ment likes Durham Creek . . . No wonder, 
in one day of fishing he netted 100 perch! 

SYMPATHY goes to the family of A. P. 
Richardson, bridge tender at Grimeland, 
in his recent death . . . And to the family 
of H. D. Manning, prison camp guard, who 
died recently. 


Division Correspondent 

Commissioner C. Heide Trash aided 
by two Wilmington florists turned the 
new Third Division Shop into a lovely 
flower-bedecked banquet hall for its formal 
dedication, March 5 . . . Tasty barbecue 
was served cafeteria style to about 1,600 
people in 17 minutes (thanks to the 
"engineering" of some highway folks) 

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Howard Johnson 
were married March 7, at Kistler's 
Union Methodist Church in Belwood. 
Mrs. Johnson, the former Betty Peeler, 
is a stenographer in the Twelfth Divi- 
sion office. 

MAY- JUNE, 1954 

. . . Allen A. Marshall, Wilmington attor- 
ney, was master of ceremonies . . . He 
introduced the principal speaker. Senator 
Alton A. Lennon . . . Chairman Graham, 
Commissioner Trask, and Wilmington 
Mayor E. L. White spoke briefly . . . 
Special guests were Mrs. A. H. Graham, 
Commissioner Emmett Robinson and 
Division Engineer E. P. Koonce of the 
Fourth Division, Chief Equipment 
Engineer B. W . Davis und Assistant Pur- 
chasing Agent W. G. Reaves of Raleigh, 
Commissioner C. A. Hasty and Division 
Engineer L. E. Whitfield of the Sixth 
Division, Bridge Maintenance Superin- 
tendent Guy W. Moore, Senior Right-of- 
Way Engineer Withers Davis, Equipment 
Superintendent J. W. Upton, Division 
Prison Supervisor J. R. Hooks, Office 
Engineer Steve Ammons, and Right-of- 
Way Engineer James Eason, Jr. . . . The 
new shop is modern in every way and 
should make for more efficient main- 
tenance of equipment in the Third. 

Murrary and Margaret Elderdice who 
were married March 6 . . . Murray is a 
highway inspector. 

ENGINEERING aide T. J. Preston went 
to Norfolk in March for a two-week train- 
ing course in the Naval Reserve. 

G. E. McCLENNY, who suffered a severe 
burn, is recovering nicely. 

GOOD LUCK to J. S. Williams and G. B. 
Cook who recently retired . . . Williams 
was Superintendent of the Wilmington 
Prison Camp and had 23 years of service 
. . . He was replaced by John Barbour of 
the Oxford Camp . . . Cook began his high- 
way work with New Hanover County back 
in 1909 ... He leaves an outstanding 
record of service. 

OUR SYMPATHY goes to the family of 
Hal Y. Miller who died after a short 
illness, March 2 ... He was a highway 


SERVICE pins for 30 years of highw 
service go to Walter L. Frink, D. 
Stewart, J. W. Meadows, P. A. Cameri 
Henry A. Sessoms, and C. E. Brown . 
Three men have completed 25 years 
service: E. N. Pear sail, W. R. Morton, a 
M. S. Smith . . . Twenty-year awards ; 
to E. H. Nelson, E. C. Coleman, F. D. Ha 

C. F. Rivenbark, and G. A. Westbrook . 
J. 0. Wenberg and Victor F. Johnson, J 
have rounded out 15 years of work . 
Ten-year pins go to Bernice E. Bowt 
Robert S. Benson, Ronald E. Hubba? 

D. L. Hewett, Jesse Long, LeRoy Wh 
field, Mossett Bass, Paul Godwin, E. 
Harris, D. A. Naylor, Garland Whitman 
W. J. Wilkerson, Art Mitchell, and Ric 
ard Bass . . . The following folks ha- 
finished five years of highway work Har, 
C. Phillips, James F. Batson, J. C. Reavt 
Jr., J. F. Murray, Remly Clark, E. 
Thorpe, Allison K. Murray, H. W. Clef 
mons, M. E. Hewett, Elbert Little, G. . 
Moore, F. S. Parker, E. L. Schaub, C. . 
Shepard, D. R. Walton, Harry Whit 
J. A. Ballance, J. E. Carr, I. R. Easo 
G. R. Grady, J. A. Herring, J. E. Hobb 
P. T. Holland, T. R. Hudson, Jr., Morr 
Jernigan, D. H. Johnson, Walter Jone 
Pearlie Croom, and John C. Taylor . . 
Congratulations to each . . . We hoi 
they'll wear their service pins with prid 


Division Correspondent 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mr 

Ralph Durham upon the recent birth ( 
a boy . . . Mr. Durham is with Road Oi 
J. R. BARNES, Wade Brooks, Bi 
Ezzell, Julian McCall and Charlie Wheele 
— all employed in Construction — did sue' 
a fine job during a recent traffic coue 
survey in Wayne County that Statistic 


Men from the division oflice, ft)n.struction department, road oil department, and 
soils lab of the Sixth Division Olftce in Fayetteville lined up. With their string ties, 
derbies and month's gi-owth of beard, whiskers, and sideburns, the men were ready 
for the Fayetteville Bicentennial, April 19 to 25. 

Front row, from left, W. C. Grimes, S. R. Royal, Leroy Faircloth, D. L. Cooper, 
Homer Taylor, Stacy Bolton, and Lacy Autry. 

Second row, from left, Steve Ammons, Harold Smith, G. P. Humphrey, B. G. 
Goodwin, B. G. Cashwell, and W. L. White. 

gineer James S. Burch wrote a special 
ter commending them. 
)UR SYMPATHY goes to Sam Livesay 
the recent death of his mother. 
iIARY BURGESS took in the festivities 
the Azalea Festival . . . She Is a steno- 
rk in RIght-of-Way. 

rOM D. GRANTHAM, Assistant Dlvl- 
n Engineer, recently spent a few days 
itlng in Adele, Georgia. 
JET WELL WISHES go to Resident 
gineer J. J. Cole, Jr., who recently 
nt a few days under treatment In Duke 
spltal ... To George Brinkley, Equlp- 
nt Superintendent, who was hospltal- 
d for awhile ... To Resident Engineer 
//. Giles, Sr., who was hospitalized for 
:atment of a heart attack . . . To E. P. 
ionce, Division Engineer, who was out 
lefly with Influenza ... To Audrey 
mm who was home with a cold . . . 

Wade Brooks' son, Bobby, who is 
iUperatlng from a fractured collar bone 
] To George King's son, Renny, who had 
,ecent operation on his eyes . . . And to 
ice Engineer Sam Livesay who was at 
318 under a doctor's care. 



Division Correspondent' 

|. D. "FINN" VAUGHAN fixed some 
^ty barbecue for an Association meeting 
Person County employees, March 26 
,. Special guests were District Engineer 
.T. Adkins and Division Mechanic D. B. 
omas . . . Otis Banks spoke briefly. 
[jOOD luck to Bobby Perry, Englneer- 
L' Aide, who left April 2, for the Army. 
i^EWS from Granville County . . . It's 
pd to have Road Maintenance Super- 
.or Roy Beard back after his long ill- 
is .. . Section foreman L. A. Hutson 
s on the sick list for sometime; his 
^low employees wish him a speedy re- 
I'ery . . . Our sympathy to Section Fore- 
n J. J. Setzer In the recent death of 
1 father . . . When J. A. Barber was 
.nsferred from Prison Camp 503 in 
anvUle to a camp in New Hanover, he 
s replaced by Bernice F. Turner who 
s formerly with the Prison Department 
Person . . . Highway employees enjoyed 
)arbecue, March 19 . . . About 50 folks 
re on band . . . Special guests Included 
T. Adkins, M. S. Hodges, J. H. Alford, 
W. Crissman, Kirk Duncan, W. D. 
'on, and J. H. Belton . . . Bernice F. 
rner is all smiles since the birth of his 
;ond son, Timothy Leon, March 23. 
SYMPATHY goes to the Knight brothers 
the recent death of their mother . . . 
th work In Warren County; W. W. is 
:ruck driver; and J. E. Is with Equlp- 

MECHANIC F. S. Clark Is back at work 
er an illness of several weeks. 

A SPEEDY recovery Is wished members 
of Gang Foreman P. N. Breedlove's family 
after their automobile accident, March 13. 

TOMMY PEOPLES was in Warren 
General Hospital recuperating from a 
serious accident back In February . . . 
Tommy was a temporary truck driver. 

BEST WISHES to P. H. Hillard who 
transferred from guard at the Warren 
Camp to steward at the Person camp. 

FRANCES KING of the District One 
oflice went to Wilmington for the Azalea 

WORD from Durham County . . . Buddie 
Smith has recently transferred from the 
division shop in Wilson to the division 
shop In Durham . . . RIght-of-Way Engi- 
neer 0. T. Green is at home recuperating 
from an automobile accident In March 

These gals work in the Durham high- 
way office. Dot Hilliard, seated, is the 
secretary in the Fifth Division office. 
Standing, from left, Ruth Mangum of 
Right of Way, Mattie Hall of the Office 
Engineer's office, and Carol Barnes of 
the Second District office. 

. . . Carol Barnes is a new face in the 
District Oflice . . . She replaces Mrs. 
Margie Sanders . . . Get Monk Webb to 
tell you about his two-week stay in 
Florida to see the major league baseball 
clubs in training . . . Quinton Sorrell has 
left the division oflice to return to field 


Division Correspondent' 

Best wishes to the newlyweds . . . 
Construction employee Asier Simmons 
was married to Dorothy Andrews, Jan- 
uary 30; they are now living In Lumber- 
ton . . . Another Construction employee, 
Tliurmayi Bouen, was married to Chris- 
tine Cartrette in March; they are residing 
in Evergreen. 

SYMPATHY goes to F. H. Johnson of 
Road Oil whose son died March 8 . . . 
And to Frank Seagroves of the Fayette- 
ville sign shop in the sudden death from 
a heart attack of his wife in March. 

IT'S GOOD to have Withers Davis back 
on the job after an operation and a brief 
hospital stay in February. 

MRS. R. N. WEAVER and daughter of 
Lllllngton recently visited Lt. Joe Weaver 
In Shreveport, Louisiana, where he's with 
the Army Air Force . . . R. N. Weaver is 
maintenance supervisor in Harnett. 

A QUICK recovery is wished Kenneth 
Porter, W. H. Edwards and Grady Jackson 
who were Injured in a car accident en 
route to work back in February . . . They 
are employees in the division shop. 

NEW FACES . . . The Leroy Faircloths 
announce the birth of a daughter, Connie 
Sue, February 6 . . . Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert 

lY-JUNE, 1954 




Senior Bridge Maintenance Foreman Joe Taylor and his men were busy as- 
sembling a metal culvert. They stopped just long enough for this picture. First 
row, from left, M. M. Ellis, W. B. Fisher, A. S. Mangum, R. B. Terrel, and Taylor. 
Second row, J. B. Byrd, Sam Hudson, J. L. Casper, E. D. Oakley, and G. D. Mc- 
Cullen. Third row, Charlie Chappell, L. L. Stewart, and Harvey Allen. 

Humphrey report the birth of a daughter, 
March 17 . . . And Mr. and Mrs. Lacy 
Autry announce the recent birth of a son, 
Cecil H., at the Clinton Hospital . . . 
Faircloth is in Road Oil; Humphrey in 
Construction; and Autry in the Soils Lab. 

COMMISSIONER C. A. Hasty treated 
division office personnel and guests to a 
fine steak dinner at Lakewood Restaurant, 
March 23. 

THREE MEN from District Two were 
recently in the hospital at the same time 
with the same ailment . . . Roy McKeithan, 
maintenance supervisor in Robeson; R. S. 
Taylor, supervisory foreman in Harnett; 
and W. E. Tadlock, section foreman in 
Cumberland, are all back on the job now. 

SERVICE AWARDS . . . Roy McKeithan, 
R. 8. Taylor and R. B. Allen have rounded 
out 30 years of service . . . W. M. Stephen- 
son, L. R. Woodlief, and Marion Townsend 
have completed 25 years . . .W. E. Tadlock 
has 20 years to his credit . . . A. E. Garner, 
E. R. Keels, and W. L. White have 15 
years . . . Ruth McLeod, 8. H. Bolton, 
Houston Faircloth, 8amuel Faircloth, T. G. 
Faircloth, and 8. R. Royal have finished 
ten years of highway work . . . The follow- 
ing folks have five years to their credit: 
Jackie Russ, M. G. Worthington, Gilbert 
Britt, E. E. Edwards, John H. Gill, G. L. 
Nobles, W. T. Pettus, H. C. Autry, Oris 
Autry, W. M. Barnes, D. E. Brown, L. H. 

Charlie Hinnant (on the left) and 
Grover Ellis work in Resident Engineer 
R. P. Dowtin's office in Durham. Charlie 
and Grover have been with the Commis- 
sion for several years. 

MAY-JUNE, 1954 

Bullard, Fred Cashwell, H. C. Cashwell, 
Colon Chason, Felton Collins, Felton Fair- 
cloth, Kelly Faircloth, Leroy Faircloth, 
8. E. Faircloth, M. G. Hall, F. H. Johnson, 
Rosie Keels, J. F. Martin, W. B. Martin, 
Jr., 8. P. Riley, Paul Robinson, R. E. 
Robinson, Roland 8essoms, N. B. 8ingle- 
tary, Ralph 8ingletary, G. 8. Spell, C. E. 
Thornton, R. E. Thornton, M. M. Wil- 
liams, 0. A. Williams, and McKinnis 
Wilson . . . Good wishes to each for the 
many years of loyal service! 


p. L. WELCH 
Division Correspondent 

HE SCHOOL for concrete inspectors 
was held in the division office at Greens- 
boro in March . . . The meeting was well 
attended by inspectors from both the 
Seventh and Ninth Divisions. 

along with their wives recently had a 
good brunswick stew at Crutchfield's 

VACATIONS . . . Division engineer 
T. A. Burton spent the last two weeks of 
February vacationing near Clear Water, 
Florida . . . Maintenance supervisor J. M. 
Morton of Rockingham County spent two 
weeks in February vacationing with his 
brother in Tampa, Florida . . . The Calvin 
W. Howards recently visited friends in 
Boone . . . They also spent one day at the 
Azalea Festival . . . Mrs. Howard is a 
stenographer in the First District Office 
. . . Gang Foreman Clyde H. Scott of 
Orange County enjoyed a two-week visit 
in Miami, Florida . . . Section foreman 
and Mrs. Wilbur Lloyd took time out to 
visit Mr. Lloyd's son in Florida. 

JUNIOR EDITIONS . . . Gang foreman 
and Mrs. Harper Lowe announce the birth 
of their first child, a son, in December . . . 
Bulldozer operator and Mrs. James Riley 
are very proud of their new baby who was 
born March 1, in the Mebane Clinic . . . 
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wilson announce the 
birth of a daughter, February 6, in the 


Memorial Hospital, Danville, Virginia .1 
Mr. Wilson is a tractor-trailer operai 
in Caswell County . . . Mrs. Beyrl Mate! 
a former secretary in the division offij 
is happy over the birth of her 
Lindsay Mark, March 19 . . . She hasl 
little daughter, Jan Elise, who was bc| 
a year ago, also in March. 

BACK ON THE JOB . . . Don 
Pettigrew, section foreman helper in All 
mance, has returned after a short slf 
in the Alamance County Hospital 
Charles E. Murphy, Supervisory Forei 
in Caswell, is back after a brief illn(| 
. . . Section foreman William B. Witty j 
Caswell County has returned after a sh| 
sickness . . . Section foreman Edward | 
Rowland in Caswell County is back af I 
a stay in the Memorial Hospital for trel 
ment of a back injury . . . Section foremi 
Cornelius B. Sumner in Orange Countyl 
on the job after a short spell of sicknel 

SPEEDY recovery to Floyd Mez| 
Roicland, Jr., son of a pan operator 
Caswell County, who was a recent pati(| 
in Memorial Hospital ... To Rufus 
Nelson, motor grader operator in Casw| 
County, who was sick for sometime 
And to Mrs. Lucy Madden, wife of C| 
struction employee Louie Madden, vM 
recently spent some time in the Alamarl 
County Hospital. 

WELCOME to Don Huffman who ll 
returned to work in the office of Reside! 
Engineer J. B. Clifton. 

SYMPATHY is extended the family 
Inos F. Hardeman of Jamestown vn 
died March 10 after a prolonged illnti 
. . . He was road oil foreman in tl 
Seventh . . . And to C. E. McLeod, roll 
maintenance supervisor in Alamance, 
the recent death of his father-in-law, 
MacKenzie of Candor. 

JOHN LEE Mcpherson has bed 
transferred from the division office 
J. B. Clifton's office. 

TRUCK driver Bobby D. Sharp 
Rockingham County returned to highwl 
work after a three year term in the ArnJ 

BRIDAL NOTES . . . Machine operai 
R. L. Waynick, a busy man during t| 
bond program, has finally deserted tl 
ranks of bachelorhood . . . His bride ) 
the former Annie Virginia Christmon . j 
The couple are making their home on t| 
Waynick farm near McLeansville 
R. 8. Thomas has two more bachelol 
Monroe Clymer and Leo Phelps, that 
is trying to "marry off." 


Division Correspondent 


'CONGRATULATIONS to those passi 
service anniversaries with the Comm 
sion . . . J. L. Riley, 8. P. Swaringen, ai 
Charles F. Williams have rounded out 


Ts . . . E. E. Hough, J. C. Stewart, 
tries J. Young, and Jesse L. Saunders 
iv have 25 years to their credit . . . 
lenty-year pins go to Isaac Brooks, 
\ude W. Craven, A. S. Txicker, and 
C. Wehh . . . Four men have qualified 
1 15 year emblems; twelve men for ten 
r awards; and 25 men for five year 

ilANDOLPH County employees put on 
lither of their "good eating" fish frys, 
rch 12, in the equipment shop . . . 
put 75 men plus one lady were present 
. Gang foreman C F. Williams was 
!ef cook and bottle washer. 
rANG foreman James H. Markham of 
ntgomery County retired January 1, 
jsr 32 years of worthwhile service with 
I Commission. 

iJIVISION engineer T. G. Poindexter 
\i out during March on sick leave . . . 
I had an operation in the Randolph 
spital . . . He's back on the job now. 
i;YMPATHY goes to C. B. Burgess, stock 
|i-k in the division shop, in the death of 
I father, W. C. Burgess, January 29. 
I-OREMAN Tom Everhart of the Land- 
pe Department in Randolph County 
[fared a heart attack in February and 
■3 out for sometime. 

|\ M. HUMPHRIES, stock clerk in San- 
id, was recently promoted to District 
chanic. a post left vacant since the 
i:th of W. P. Tatum in January. 
lAINTENANCE Supervisor C. N. 
jore of Chatham County returned to 
irk in March after a six-week conva- 
cence from an operation. 


Division Correspondent 


I ORK has begun on a new division 
•age on North Cherry Street extension, 

J. P. Thomas has bagged them again. 
5 and his grandson pose with a day's 
ait of quail and a 15-pound wild 
bbler. Thomas is employed in the 
nth Highway Division. 

adjacent to the Forsyth County Prison 
Camp . . . The new building should be 
complete in June. 

THE D. W. SCHENKS are learning the 
latest lullabies to sing to their new 
daughter, Wanda Christine. 

SPEEDY recovery to J. H. Graham who 
was hospitalized with a broken leg . . . 
To R. L. McCrary of Lexington who also 
broke his leg . . . To W. W. Goode who has 
been to the hospital again ... To G. A. 
C?-utchfleld, foreman, who has been sick 
since January . . . And to A. 0. Graver, 
blacksmith, who had a severely injured 

J. I. "Capt. Jim" Morris made a fine 
recovery from his recent Illness. 

SYMPATHY goes to the family of J. P. 
Callahan, Forsyth County maintenance 
employee, who died March 17, after a 
brief illness. 

Neal" reports the scenery and bathing 
suits made his trip to Florida well worth- 

Gang foreman H. J. S h e a r i n of 
Warren County is mighty proud of his 
four pretty daughters. From left, Mae 
is eight; Lottie, four; Shearin; Lois 
Irene, one month; and Mary, six. Mr. 
Shearin has been with the State for 
23 years. 

ASSISTANT division engineer R. B. 
Fitzgerald on a recent fishing jaunt to 
Morehead reports a "waterhaul" . . . He 
claims the weather was bad. 

WALTER PUGH, road oil supervisor, 
spent a long week-end fishing in the 
John's River County of Florida . . . 
Reports he caught some big bass. 


Division Correspondent 

Commissioner Hardison treated 

Division Engineer Beatty, District Engi- 
neers H. M. Burgin and T. F. Royal, 
Road Maintenance Supervisors, the Divi- 
sion Prison Supervisor, and Camp Super- 
intendents to a delicious T-bone steak 
luncheon at the Pine Terrace in Wades- 
boro . . . The men had met for a meeting, 

Mr. and Mrs. Rufus J. Lawrence of 
Seagrove celebrated their golden wed- 
ding anniversary, March 28, at an open 
house. Mr. Lawrence retired from the 
Commission last August. He worked 
with the Randolph County Road Com- 
mission from 1922 to 1931. Their son, 
Ralph Lawrence, is with the Landscape 
Department in Randolph County. 

March 25 . . . The Commissioner's gen- 
erosity was deeply appreciated. 

ALDERMAN and Loivder of Cabarrus 
are mighty proud of their new subshop 
. . . Especial thanks go to P. R. McCorkle, 
booster of "good and clean shops." 

A BARBECUE supper for Unit Ten 
members of the Association was held, 
April 9, in the new shop . . . B. B. Black 
is chairman of the unit. 

WE'VE HEARD of one person talking 
a well person into a sick bed . . . Here's 
a new angle . . . When Bobby Lowery had 
measles, his dad, R. L., kept saying, "I 
know I'm going to have them, too." . . . 
Well, he did come down with a good case 
of measles . . . Lowery had a relapse when 
he returned too soon to work . . . He's 
well now but he watches his words. 

VACATIONS ...P.L. Allen and Preston 
Hanna spent a March week-end fishing off 
Windy Hill Beach . . . Ocean was muddy 
so they caught no fish . . . Mechanic J. G. 
Carpenter in the road oil department 
spent the first week in March attending 
the races at Daytona Beach, Florida . . . 
Gang foreman and Mrs. G. L. Simpson 
report a wonderful two week vacation 
in sunny Florida . . . Road oil employee 
H. G. Mitchell took his family to his 
former home in Southport for a week's 

SUPERINTENDENT Pete Lockhart was 
redfaced the day the weight inspector 
checked his scales and found them 18 
pounds heavy . . . That accounts for those 
"big" fish Pete has been catching. 

EMPLOYEES of the Tenth were sadden- 
ed by the untimely death of J. H. Kline, 
March 9 ... He had been a highway 
inspector for several years. 

f\Y-JTJNE, 1954 



From left, Boyd Garren, Clifford 
Jester and Paul Tedder were three of 
the many men called out for snow re- 
moval during the last big snow in 
Randolph County. 

SYMPATHY is extended to Mrs. Kline 
. . . And to L. L. Martin, maintenance 
gang foreman, in the passing of his 
mother-in-law, Mrs. Annie Maria Hill 
Edwards, March 15. 

GET WELL wishes go to Patch Foreman 
T. J. Furr of Stanly County who was in 
an auto accident on vacation in Louisiana 
. . . He broke his collar bone ... To Billy 
Crump who was out several weeks with 
a badly strained back ... To Jake McCray 
who was sick for awhile . . . And to R. D. 
Lewis, J. B. Currence, E. K. McGinnis, 
C. A. Carrigan, and Willis Tilson. 

TWO MEN are back on the job after 
lengthy illnesses . . . Warehouse foreman 
P. C. Austin is on the job after a major 
operation . . . C. G. Bradfield has returned 
after a serious sickness. 

BEST WISHES to the J. H. Huney- 
cutts on the arrival of their first child, 
a son . . . Mr. Huneycutt, a maintenance 
employee, is the son of J. C. Huneycutt, 
section foreman in Stanly County, who 
has more than 30 years of highway service. 

GET Swain T. Moore of the road oil 
department to give you a ride in his 
shiny new '54 car. 


Division Correspondent' 

Winkler were joined by Division Engineer 
and Mrs J. H. Councill for a short vaca- 
tion in Miami, Florida. 

RIGHT-OF-WAY Engineer Paul West 
spent a few days vacation with his mother 
in Alabama . . . Mrs. West, Morris, and 
Suzanne visited her parents in Fairmont. 

MAY-JUNE, 1954 

SPEEDY recovery to Pauline Pugh of 
the district office in Boone ... To Ruby 
Kilby of the division office ... To Deward 
Hart of the road oil department who 
broke his leg . . . To G. C. White and 
E. M. Hamby . . . And to Donnie Grouse, 
son of Paul Grouse, who had spinal menin- 

T. R. Reavis on the birth of a daughter, 
February 5 ... To Mr. and Mrs. B. G. 
Rcnegar on the birth of a daughter, 
Deborah Kay, January 29 . . . And to 
the W. G. Crafts on the birth of a son, 
William, March 10. 

DARWIN BEACH took his wife and 
daughter to Florida for a few days of 
sunshine and rest. 

Truitt Johnson, maintenance em- 
ployee in Harnett, is mighty proud of 
his little daughter, Jackie Ann. She was 
only four months old when picture was 


Division Correspondent' 

OLKS in the division office are delight- 
ed with the much-needed paint job inside 
. . . The offices have just had a "spring 

BEST WISHES go to Bill Andreivs of 
Construction who was transferred to the 
Bridge Department in Raleigh, March 1. 

FIVE MEN were recently employed in 
the Landscape Department . . . Joe Camp, 
Charles Edward Humphries, Barnie Frank 
Willis, John Robert Bolin, and Robert 
Cecil Barnett started with the Commission 
in March. 

SYMPATHY is extended to Wade Harbin 
of Construction in the death of his father, 
March 10 ... To the family of Melvin 
Luther, a former sign employee, who died 
at his home in Statesville in March from a 
self-inflicted wound ... To Maintenance 
Supervisor Corpening and family who 
were called to Blacksburg, South Carolina, 
by the death of Mrs. Corpening's sister, 
Mrs. E. R. Wylie . . . And to F. H. Flin- 


chum whose stepfather and mother 
died within one week. 

FUNERAL services were held Marc 
in Catawba County for L. E. Bolic 
long-time highway employee . . . He 
retired several years ago on disabilit 

A SPEEDY recovery is wished C 
Poston, Jr., of Construction who wa. 
sick in March . . . Steward V. E. Wa 
of the Iredell prison camp who is 
crutches following a March acciden 
which he broke his right foot ... J 
Harris. Iredell maintenance man, 
Johnny McLain, district mechanic, 
were recent hospital patients. 

BACK ON THE JOB . . . Prison Si 
visor Fred Ross has returned after a 
sickness in February and March . 
W. M. Rochester is back at the Cleve 
County Camp after being on leave 
several months due to an accident si 
time ago. 

EVERYONE is glad that "Bu 
Champion, son of Mr. and Mrs. E 
Champion, is home again after a 
month stay in a Greenville, South C 
lina hospital . . . His dad is with Road 

SERVICE NEWS . . . D. R. Millsaps 

G. C. Rupard, following a two year str,( 
with the Army medics in Europe, v, 
reinstated in Iredell County . . . Ano 
Iredell highway employee, C. L. Alle 
still in the Navy; he recently vi^ e 
friends in his home town. , 

NEW ARRIVALS in highway fani ii 
include daughters born to Mr. and 
B. R. Mills and Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Co.., 
... A son was born to Mr. and 

H. M. Speece. 


It still gets cold in western N< 
Carolina. O. L. Wilson didn't seen 
mind as he posed under the icic 
Picture was made last winter on 
Linville Falls project in Burke Cou 


A coon is a t'linny thing, he travels in 

dark. Every time he curls his tail, 
"f hear Old Lee Boy bark," says D. E. 
igins (in the center), section fore- 
1 in Warren County. That's C. J. 
ighan, section foreman helper, on 

left. Hudgins, Vaughan and H. 1*. 
'kty caught five coons one night, an 
rage catch for one night. With his 
t coon dogs, Hudgins has caught 
Ve than 20 coons this season. 
)n the right see D. A. Grissom of 
rren County Maintenance holding 

of his turkeys. It all started last 
ing when he bought 12 turkey eggs, 
them under a chicken hen, hatched 

raised 11, and sold ten. The five 
s when dressed weighed 105 pounds I 

EST WISHES to Mr. and Mrs. Bob 
■rill who were married February 28 
Bob is with the Slielby Construction 


ONSTRUCTION engineer R. J. Alhert 
his wife recently vacationed in 

ARBECUE with all the trimmings was 
'^ed to the 175 folks present for unit 
iting of the Association, February 27, 
he new district shop in Statesville . . . 
imissioner Scarborough, Division 
ineer Kemper, Assistant Division 
ineer J. D. Peek, and District Engi- 
r P. D. Miller spoke briefly . . . Unit 
irman P. J. Corpening was master of 
jmonies . . . State president Fred 
gerstaff of Bessemer City brought the 
lip up to date on association news . . . 
cial guests were J. F. Abernathy, 
nny Church, E. R. McGimpsey, and 
t secretary Marion Davis . . . Red 
ages was in charge of the barbecue. 
ERVICE EMBLEMS . . . Paul Judson 
pcning has completed 30 years of high- 
r service . . . Eight men are eligible 
the 20-year awards: James Dwight 
>ber, Thomas Lee Cherry, Alvin Blay 
f-rison. Hay den William Morrison, 
les Brown Murdoch, Vance Broicn 
(Vis, Ottie Lee Setzer and Washie 
isevelt Tilley . . . Four men have 
shed 15 years: Edward Bennett Ford, 
tries R. Rankin. Floyd Franklin 
rren. and James David Peek . . . Seven 
1 are eligible for ten year awards: 

Joh7i Washington Earp, Floyd Henderson 
Flinchum, Roscoe Ralph Setzer, William 
Henry Tomlin, Rudd Lathan Sherrill, 
Robert Vance Brawley. and Ralph Max 
Hay-rill . . . Five year pins go to Thomas 
Gene Brooks. Billy Jerry Runyan. Thomas 
Anderson Winkler, Jr., Duron Bridges, 
Edison Thomas Pruitt, Wayne Calvin 
Everidge, Leonard Olin Piercy, Jack 
Douglas Turner, Claude Clarence Camp- 
bell, Ransom Roy Campbell, Gaither 
Robert Finger, Roy Lee Harris, Cling 
Franklin Helms, Boyce Irving Henley, 
Tliomas Carlyle Hurley, Carl Worthy 
Keener, David Owen McLelland, David 
Ronald Millsaps, Grady Gerald Millsaps, 
Fred Lee Moore, Joe Herbert Poovey, 
Shelby Ray Stiitts, and Ernest Lonnie 
Warren . 


Division CorresiJondent 

ID HUNTER, Gang foreman in Yancey 
County, was all smiles the day his new 
granddaughter, Janice, was born to Mr. 
and Mrs. Ed Hunter, Jr. . . . The proud 
father is principal of Bee Log High 

O. L. WILSON is mighty pleased over 
the birth of his grandson, Gregg Bissell, 
Jr., February 14, in Columbia, South 

THE F. T. DOBSONS of Nebo announce 
the arrival of a baby girl, Sheron Evans 
Dobson, February 10 . . . Vr. Dnh^nn is in 

Meet the W. J. Ezzell family of 
Wilson. Mr. Ezzell, a Highway Inspector 
II with the Fourth Dixasion Construc- 
tion Department, has been with the 
Commission eight years. His wife is a 
secretary of the Eastern Carolina Boy 
Scout Council. Their son, Wesley, will 
soon be six. 

Mr. Ezzell's father is division shop 
foreman in Wilson and has been with 
the Commission more than 25 years. 

George Medlin, son of the John A. 
Medlins of Robbinsville, is 15 years old. 
His dad is a jack hammer operator. 

George is 43 inches tall, weighs 51 
pounds and is in the sixth grade at 
school where he has a specially-made 
seat. A thrifty fellow, he sells the Grit 
to earn money. He also plows the garden 
for his dad. Pictured with George is 
one of his goats. He has four and drinks 
goat milk all the time. 

Construction and has been with the 
Commission since 1952. 

WE ARE SORRY the Fred A. Gibson 
family has had so much sickness lately 
. . . Hope they are all much better now. 

GANG FOREMAN Frank White is back 
from a trip to Florida where he visited 
his son. 

POWDERMAN Car-lie J. Meadows of 
Madison County recently retired on 

GET Dan Turner, Division correspon- 
dent for Roadways, to tell you about his 
fine vacation in Miami, Florida. 

SYMPATHY is extended to Ralph 
Collis in the death of his sister, Mrs. 
Self . . . And to Ben Griffith in the death 
of his father, J. Bryan Griffith. 

THREE MEN remain on the sick list: 
Powderman Lee Gillespie, Gang foreman 
Gus Higgins, and Truck Driver William 
A. Fowler of Buncombe County ... A 
speedy recovery is wished each. 

SERVICE EMBLEMS ... Six men have 
recently passed 30 year work anniversaries 
with the Commission: Elmer C. Foster. 
James J- Foster. Fred Hollifleld, Hardie 

F. Meadows, A. Fred Parham, and Herbert 

G. Roberts . . . B. S. Connelly and J. G. 
Moi-row are now eligible for 25 year pins 
. . . Vance Proffltt and Cecil Wilkie have 
20 years to their credit . . . Millard J. 
Huntley and Kenneth E. McCall have 
finished 15 years . . . Seven men are in 
line for ten year awards: D. C. Boone, 
Porter Bullman, Charlie Hensley, Jack 
Lunsford, Clay Morrow. Carter Smith, and 
Troy Stanley . . . Five year pins go to 
Reginald A. Ball, Frank Black, Luther 

Y-JUNE, 1954 




>Irs. Nancy Boykin is a new employee 
in the Fourth Division office in Wilson. 

When Alma Vazzana recently resign- 
ed to join her husband who had accept- 
ed a position in Courtland, New York, 
Audrey Lamm was promoted to Alma's 
position. Nancy was employed in 
Audrey's former job. We hope she'll like 
her work with the Commission. 

Dill, Byrd Metcalf, Charlie Miller, W. W. 
McKinney, Bernice Riddle, Pete 8. Shel- 
ton, and Clarence Young . . . Congratula- 
tions to each on the fine service they have 
given to the State. 


Division Correspondent 

lERVICE AWARDS . . . Four men have 
recently passed 30 year anniversaries 

Mrs. Itay James West is the former 
Janet Elizabeth Liverman, daughter of 
the J. Collin Livermans of Murfreeboro. 
She was married in November. Her 
husband is a Highway Inspector HI in 
the First Division. The couple make 
their home in Williamston. 

MAY-JUNE, 1954 

with the Commission: Homer Jackson 
Ferguson, Joe F. Setser, George T. 8tal- 
cup, and B. R. Walters . . . Garnett Gallo- 
way, J. Laivrence Hicks, and Harley 
Parker have rounded out 25 years of high- 
way work . . . R. R. Middleton and Frank 
J. Phillips are in line for 20 year awards 
. . . Wayne Caldicell, Troy Hurt, Homer C. 
Passmore, and Ro7i C. Scroggs are now 
eligible for 15 year awards . . . Ten year 
pins go to Sam Jordon, Henry Kitchens, 
Mack Patterson, and Charlie Roper . . . 
Amos D. Cabe, honey L. Gahe, Kelly Hoi- 
combe, and Jim Wiggins will receive five 
year emblems . . . Each can be proud of 
his loyal service given to the State. 

WHEN the concrete school was held at 
Craggy, the entire Brevard Construction 
party attended. 

RESIDENT Engineer F. K. Westwood, 
Highway Inspector J. W. Pittillo, and 
Assistant Division Engineer C. W. Lee 

Glenn Lewis Sorrell is the flve-month 
old son of the Worth Sorrells. His dad 
is the capable accounting clerk in the 
Raleigh office of the Landscape Depart- 

journeyed to Raleigh for the Hot Asphalt 
School, in February. 

MUCH HAPPINESS is wished Gang 
Foreman Harry L. Walton who retired 
recently . . . He is 60 and had been with 
Maintenance since its infancy . . . He 
worked in the Second District. 

STENOGRAPHER Clerk Doris Higdon 
took a leave of absence to complete work 
on her B.S. degree at Western Carolina 
College . . . She'll return to the division 
office at Sylva in June. 

OUR SYMPATHY goes to the family of 
James Slaughter who died recently . . . 
Jimmy had been with the Commission 13 
years as a mechanic in District II. 

SICK LIST . . . Truck Driver C. B. 
Wells was out sick for several weeks . . . 
Mrs. L. B. Womack, wife of the district 
mechanic, was in Petrie Hospital for 
treatment . . . The C. J. Becks took their 
little daughter, Linda, to Marion where 
her tonsils were removed. 

NEW ARRIVALS . . . Mechanic and 
Mrs. Tom Watson announce the birth of 
a daughter . . . The N. H. Smiths also have 
a new baby ... A little girl was born to 
Mr. and Mrs. Wade Millsaps of Robbins- 


T. W. Faggart was married to CoUf 
Gray, March 12, in the Bell Home 
Lancaster, S. C. After a honeymoon 
Kentucky and Tennessee, they are n 
at home with the bridegroom's paren 
Their friends wish them much hap 
ness. Faggart is with Maintenance 
Cabarrus County. 

ville, February 12 . . . Congratulations 
these proud parents. 

HOBBIES . . . Engineering aide W.i" 
McGaha is a dog collector . . . He has c! 
of the best stocked kennels in Brev£ 
with coon dogs, rabbit dogs, blue d(||'" 
and hot dogs. 

HIGHWAY Engineer M. V. Ledford 1 
taken up electronics as a pastime sii ilS 
the installation of his T.V. set . . . You 
liable to see him balanced precariou 
on a ladder while adjusting the antenpi 
or tearing out the insides of his set ' 
remove the "zizz." 

W. F. Hill worked several years w: 
Maintenance in Cherokee County. 1 
road work dates back to 1917 when 
was with the old Cherokee County Re 
Commission. He continued his highw 
work when the State took over 
county roads in 1931. He was a si 
gang foreman until his retirement 
1942. He's 77. His son is H. G. HiU 
the Maintenance Shed at Peachtree. 


a ttojjiiniiin^ 

/eteran Employee 

he Road Oil Supervisor of Division 
is R. C. Speight. His highway service 
;s from 1922 when he started with the 
imission in the old Second District 
ler the late R. E. Snowden, District 
;ineer. Beginning as a truck driver, 
ight was soon promoted to section 
man. Later he moved up to gang 

II 1925, he was transferred to the Road 
Department under J. B. Clingman. In 
|7, he was promoted from foreman to 
ltd Oil Supervisor and directed road 
work west of Marion. 

he following year, he was transferred 
in. Then he supervised road oil work 
n Davidson east to Dare and south to 
nswick. When five highway divisions 
e set up in 1931, he was assigned to 
ision A. In 1937, he became Road Oil 
lervisor of the First Division — a 
ition he has held ever since. 

peight was born January 22, 1902 in 
)eson County. He was educated in the 
nty schools. January 22, 1927, he was 
Tied to Edna DeLozier of Bryson City, 
iy live in Ahoskie and are members of 
First Presbyterian Church. He's a 

'he Speights have four daughters: 
lan (Mrs. J. H.) Koonce of Tarboro; 
sen (Mrs. G. M.) Stewart of Battle- 
'o; Peggy (Mrs. C. E.) Perry of Ahos- 
and Edna DeLozier of the home. The 
'iights have four fine grandchildren, 
'ipeight is a Past Master of Concord 
ige No. 58, A.F.&A M., Tarboro; a 
't Patron of Charles J. Austin Chapter 
', O.E.S., Tarboro; and a member of 
Ahoskie Kiwanis Club, 
n season, he enjoys hunting and flsh- 
. He's an enthusiastic football fan. 

lY-JUNE, 1954 




Vacations are both a necessity and a 
privilege. They were created to mutually 
benefit our employer — the State — and us, 
the employees. After too long on our jobs 
with no change of interests or scenery, 
we go stale. Our efficiency and interest 
goes down. Occasionally, everyone needs 
a change of scenery, interests and a break 
in the daily routine. 

Vacations have a definite purpose in 
the working world. They were set up for 
us to occasionally rest and re-create our 
energies. Vacations were never intended 
to be hoarded and saved. I want to 
discourage any of us from storing up 
excessive vacation time. 

Some vacation should be taken by each 
of us every year. Earned vacation days 
were meant to be used and enjoyed. 

On January 1, 1954, the number of days 
vacation we were allowed to accumulate 
was reduced from 45 to 30 days. If you 
have less than 30 days of earned vacation 
accumulated now, you are in a leave-earn- 
ing capacity right now. You keep on earn- 
ing vacation every month until you reach 
the 30-day maximum vacation limit. When 
you have 30-days vacation to your credit 
and do not take anytime off, you stop 
earning vacation. As long as you have at 
least a 30-day vacation account, you are 
not in a leave-earning capacity. 

If you have an even 30-days vacation to 
your credit right now, you are not earning 
any more vacation. You don't start earn- 
ing vacation again until you start to re- 
duce this 30-day maximum. As soon as 
you take some vacation, you immediately 
start earning vacation again the very 
month you take some time off. 

If you started the year off with more 
than 30-days vacation to your credit, you 
have until January 1, 1955 to use these 
excess days. In order not to lose these 
days in excess of 30, you should take 
them, if it is convenient and your work 
permits it, before January 1, 1955. You 
have this whole year to adjust your vaca- 
tion account and get it down to the 30-day 
maximum by January 1, 1955. 

Suppose you started this year off with 
more than 30-days vacation to your credit, 
how could you get into a leave-earning 
capacity this year? First, put 30 days 
(the maximum) in your regular vacation 
account. Next, put the excess days over 
the 30-day limit in your extra or reserve 
account. When you do take vacation, 
charge the days off against your regular 


account. This will reduce your 30-day 
accumulation and immediately put you in 
a leave-earning capacity again. In order 
not to lose the days accumulated in excess 
of the 30-day maximum (which are in 
your reserve account), you should take 
them before January 1, 1955. However, 
you have all of 1954 to use these excess 
days. After that time, there will be no 
reserve vacation account for any State 
employee. Then the total of both the 
regular and reserve accounts cannot 
exceed the 30-day maximum. 

An employee who works five days a 
week earns vacation at the rate of 1% 
days per month. He keeps on earning 
vacation at this rate until he reaches the 
30 day maximum. At that time, he ceases 
to earn vacation. He does not get in a 
leave-earning capacity until he starts 
taking some vacation. 

An employee who works six days a 
week earns vacation at the rate of 1% 
days per month. He keeps on earning 
vacation at this rate until he reaches the 
30 day maximum. At that time, he ceases 
to earn vacation. He doesn't get in a 
leave-earning capacity until he starts 
taking some vacation. 

The 30-day maximum accumulation of 
vacation applies not only to all employees 
of the State Highway and Public Works 
Commission but to all State employees. 


The most recent figures show that the 
North Carolina State Highway and Public 
Works Commission is responsible for the 
maintenance of 33,219 miles of hard- 
surfaced roads and 34,971 miles of non- 
hardsurfaced roads. That means that the 
Commission is custodian of a road system 
totalling 68,190 miles which stretches 
across the face of the State from the 
mountains to the sea. 

Key Men Confer 

James S. Burch, Engineer of Statistics 
and Planning, discusses Raleigh Origin- 
Destination study with Commissioner 
Donnie A. Sorrell (in the middle) and 
Division Engineer Hunter D. Irving (on 
the right ) . Picture was made in Durham 
in the division office, built last summer, 
which adjoins the district office. 


Home On The Range 



HUNTER'S DELIGHT— 1 2i-lb. Pheas- 
ant, drawn — roll in red clay with the 
feathers on — cover in hot coals and bake 
until the clay is completely hard and dry 
— strip the clay from the pheasant, which 
removes feathers and skin, leaving a 
tender baked pheasant — serve sliced or 
split with your choice of sauces and 
seasonings. This may sound crazy — but 
just try it sometime on a hunting trip or 

calf liver, sliced %" thick; 1 egg, beaten; 
water-ground cornmeal; deep fat. Cut 
liver in strips about square; dip in 
egg; roll in water-ground cornmeal; fry 
in hot, deep fat until golden brown. Serve 
with tomato catsup — a Gourmet's delight! 

''RED H088" CORNBREAD— For you 
boys cooking barbecue for our Association 
meetings, this recipe will about cover 
serving from a 25-lb. pig: 3 qts. water- 
ground cornmeal, sifted; 1 qt. plain flour; 
6 eggs; 1 tblsp. baking powder; 3 tblsp. 
sugar; 1^2 tblsp. salt; 1 large onion, 
chopped. Mix all dry ingredients and 
onion, well — stir in eggs and, add sweet 
milk until the mixture has a stiff enough 
consistency to drop from a tablespoon in 
a solid mass. Have pot of cooking oil or 
grease ready, about 3" or 4" of oil— mould 
dough in a tablespoon and then scrape 
from filled spoon into the hot oil — watch 
'em brown and pop over in the hot oil. 
When nut brown, remove and drain. Also 
mighty good to serve with fish. Some like 
to add a little chopped green pepper in 
the mixture. 

serving for about a 25-lb. barbecued pig: 
1% cups butter; 4% cups hot water; 8 
tblsp. vinegar; 1 tsp. salt; 1 tsp. black 
pepper; 2 med. onions, chopped fine; 2 
pods chili pepper; 1 tsp. paprika; 1 tsp. 
chili powder; 1% tblsp. sugar; 8 tblsp. 
prepared mustard; 2 tblsp. Worcestershire 
sauce. Mix ingredients, boil slowly for 5 
minutes. Take the grease from the barbe- 
cue rib cavities and along with the sauce 
baste the meat during cooking. 

MEAT PIE—1 lb. chopped beef; I1/3 tsp. 
salt; % tsp. pepper; 1 chopped green 
pepper; 2 cups tomato pulp; 2 eggs, 
slightly beaten; 2 med. onions, chopped. 
Line casserole dish with pastry — combine 
all ingredients and pour into casserole — 
bake in hot oven about 20 minutes, then 
reduce heat and bake moderately for 
about 1 hour longer. 

The top engineers of the Sixth Division took time out for this picture. Tl 
Division Engineer L. E. Whitfield, seated, District Two Engineer Sam Wilson,j 
left, standing) District One Engineer E. Li. Green, and Assistant Division Engl 
J. W. Spruill. They're doing a good job of maintaining and constructing road 
Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett, and Robeson counties. When you visli 
Sixth Division office in Fayettevllle, chances are you'll be greeted by one of tl 
young ladies. The attractive secretaries are, from left, Wilhelmlna Ellis, C 
Moran, and Jackie Russ. 

New Bridge Opened 

A new concrete bridge over the 
Yadkin River below the High Rock Dam 
was formally opened to traffic in dedica- 
tion ceremonies, April 15. 

The bridge which spans the Yadkin 
between Davidson and Rowan counties 
is located on a county road. 

The ceremony was sponsored by the 
Denton Merchants Association in con- 
junction with the bridge contractors, 
John H. Brinkley of Thomasville and 
W. F. Brinkley and Son of Granite 
Quarry. Mayor Bob Johnson of Denton 
presided. Principal speaker was Carl 
Goerch of Raleigh, publisher of the 
STATE Magazine. 

Among the officials on hand for the 
event were Ninth Highway Commis- 
sioner James A. Gray of Winston-Salem, 
Chief Engineer Rogers, Assistant Chief 


Engineer L. W. Payne, and Construe 
Engineer, W. E. Hawkins. Two 
members of the Highway Commiss 
George Coble of Lexington and 
Poole of Candor, were present. C; 
spoke briefly. 

Some 500 residents of the area 'v 
present. The Denton High School E 
played. After the dedication, the cr 
enjoyed a barbecue supper. 

The fine new bridge is 783 feet 
and 24 feet wide. Work started on 
bridge in August, 19 52. The cont|||iii 
price was $216,286.26. 

Everytime Mechanic L. B. Won 
passes the barber shop, he lifts his 
to the barber. A passerby noticed 
asked Womack why he was so po 
"Polite, my eye", he retorted. "That ra 
sold me some hair restorer. I'm shov 
him what a fraud he is." 

The W. T. Vkon family is one of many good families who are associated v 
the Highway Commission, Alcon, on the left, is a gang foreman in Rando 
County. His pretty wife is shown holding a neighbor's child. On the right is if* 
Worth Alcon who has been .stationed with the Marines in Korea for the last 
months. He is the only child of the Alcons. 

MAY-JUNE, 1954 



vo Roadside Parks 
5oon Will Be Ready 

'wo new roadside parks along the 
Le's main highways are nearing 
ipletion and should be ready for use 

)ne is located just off US 421 in 
syth County on the banks of the 
ikin River. The other is off US 6 4 
70, east of Claremont, in Catawba 
inty. Work has just started on a 
•d park off US 4 41, north of Chero- 
which should be ready later this 

^he roadside parks have proved popu- 
with out of state and Tar Heel 

lorists. All travellers who stop at 
parks are urged to cooperate in 

^ing the areas clean and free of 

ier and refuse. 

jast fall, as an experiment, several 
the Commission's landscape men 
pped by the park near Lumberton 
^ gave self-addressed post cards to 
■ tourists who might be there. Here 
some of their comments: 

I'Roadside park was wonderful ac- 
limodation to the weary traveller. We 
vel by trailer and have been from 
ist to coast and have found few, if 
i', like this one. I wish more states 
^Id follow your example. We thank 
1." Edna and Harold Brooks of 
|ine and Texas. 

['Although we have travelled from 
issachusetts to Florida, we say this 
I'k is as nice or nicer than most 
them along the highways. It is 
jy clean and restful". Mr. and 
i3. F. Joseph Doyle of Attleboro, 

''Stopped at your beautiful roadside 
■k today. Everything so neat and 
'in. My husband slept in peace and 
et which means so much to one who 
Iriving." Mrs. James A. Groscup of 
timore, Maryland. 

'Thank you for the nice wayside 
k and toilet accommodations." G. 
)over of Glenham, New York. 
'Very nice park and everything 
venient for a rest stop." Mrs. Louise 
binson of St. Petersburg, Florida. 
'I stopped off and enjoyed your nice 
dside park as everything was clean 
1 very restful." C. G. Lehrman of 
entown, Pennsylvania. 


I'Thank you for wonderful picnic 
,onimodation." Mr. and Mrs. Stein- 
n, Mr. and Mrs. Simmons and family. 
'This is the finest wayside park we 

From left, J. B. Monteith, Bill Bowman, and Russell Thompson were making teat 
depths on the coarse aggregate base course on the new road from Old Fort to 

At right on the same paving .Job, Highway Inspector O. L. Wilson of the 
.Marion Construction Department watches the pouring of concrete drop inlets. 
The surfacing should be complete and ready for traffic by June 30. 

have ever encountered from New York 
to Florida. The drinking water and 
toilets are especially appreciated." Mr. 
and Mrs. S. H. Brinckerhoff of Orlando. 

Postcards for comments were also 
given out to visitors at the park near 
Vanceboro. Here are just a few ex- 
pressions of appreciation: 

"We parked in our trailer all night at 
your park above New Bern. This 
morning I wondered who I could write 
to say 'thank you'. One of your engi- 
neers came along with this card. The 
park is lovely and the sign eight miles 
up the road is most helpful." Lynn 
Bates. . 

"I'd like to compliment you on your 
parks. In particular the one about 20 
miles north of New Bern on US 17. I 
do a lot of traveling, but see few 
(parks) which are as clean and nice. 
Thanks." Charles Miles of Chevy Chase, 

"We stopped at your wayside park 

and enjoyed it very much. We wish 
that there were more along the road. 
We drove miles without seeing a place 
to stop and rest. It is beautiful here. 
Thanks a lot." Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. 
Brown of Rhode Island. 

"This is the nicest roadside park I 
have seen since leaving Ohio. The nicest 
tables I have seen anywhere". C. B. 
Lovett of Kingston, Ohio. 

'We stayed at your park here and 
appreciate having the use of a clean 
park and eating place." C. L. Young of 
Ontario, Canada. 

"I always enjoy stopping at roadside 
parks, especially in my old home state. 
I am proud of North Carolina and parks. 
From Miami, I have only stopped at two 
that were better or cleaner than this 
one." A. H. Dortmundt of Virginia. 

In addition to the roadside parks 
scattered acoss the State along the main 
highways, the Commission has over 400 
roadside picnic tables at convenient 

Both scenes show work in building forms to pour concrete floor and handrails 
on new bridges. Picture at left was made on US 701 where it crosses the Cape Fear 
River at Elizabethtown. Right picture was made of the overflow bridge over the 
South River. R. L. Wicker is resident engineer on both bridges. 

Y-JUNE, 1954 





be made adequate in North Carolina or 
the Nation until all the vast revenues 
from fuel and vehicular taxes are 
channeled into a system of building and 
maintaining the primary and secondary 
roads, the people need." 

The GREENSBORO NEWS believes, 
"The Commission's main problem, of 
course, is not surveys but money. More 
than enough work is around to be done, 
it can be found in every section of the 
state; the problem is how to allocate 
the sparse funds available and where to 
And more money. The Commission hopes 
that the forthcoming study will drama- 
tize North Carolina's highway needs. 
But even if it fails to bring in more 
cash (through new bond issues or 
otherwise), it should give highway 
engineers a valuable picture of the 
state's highway deficiencies and a prior- 
ity schedule for the future." 



'OMMENTING on the employment of 
an out of state engineering firm to 
make a survey of North Carolina's road 
systems, Raleigh's NEWS AND OB- 
SERVER said: "It is important the 
administration come forward with a 
program when the General Assembly 
meets, not later in the session. The 
recommendations will be followed by 
methods of financing the program, 
usually a controversial matter. 

"The people of North Carolina are 
ready to go forward in a program for 
primary highways similar to the one 
adopted for secondary roads in 1949 
and already put into effect. But the 
people will want time to debate and 
examine the details of the program 
before being called upon to pass judg- 
ment upon it. They are entitled to have 
the program submitted in its final form 
early in January." 

In its comment, the Kinston FREE 
PRESS said, "The road needs will not 

Picture was made March 10, on Beech 
Mountain Road in Watauga County. The 
road had just been cleared of snow by 
highway maintenance forces. 

The Winston-Salem Journal said, "A 
careful, impartial study of all aspects of 
the highway revenue, construction and 
financial problems as related to the in- 
creasing needs of the primary system 

Two recent pictures show progress of work on the new Trent River bridge at 
New Bern. Left picture shows pilings, bents, and forms for the concrete super- 
structure. On right, the pilings and concrete caps of the substructure have been 
finished. The steel beams are in place and ready for the superstructure. J. B. 
Cutchin is resident engineer on the work which is about 35 per cent complete. The 
new bridge will be 1,763 feet long and cost about $844,196. 

should throw much light on the over 
situation and help acquaint both 
State highway officials and the gencj 
public with the steps which must be tal| 
if we are to reach a substantially adeqi 
solution for those problems." 

The Wilmington Star commented, '"i 
Star likes the manner in which Goverl 
William B. Umstead and Highway Ch\ 
man A. H. Graham are approaching 
tremendously big job of planning 
modernization of North Carolina's prim| 
road system." 

Later, "But what we like about 
approach to this problem is that 
apparently is free of politics. Insfc 
there is almost universal desire for^V* 
thorough examination and study as i 
sible. As long as that spirit prevails, 
stronger will be the assurance that No| 
Carolina will get its money's worth onl 
investment it must make if its prim 
roads are to be raised to former standai 
and be comparable with those of ot 
progressive states." 

The Lenoir News-Topic recently si] 
"We join the Watauga Democrat 
other newspapers in tourist "egionsl 
North Carolina in commending the St 
Highway Commission's recent effort! 
eliminate sign boards from the rights 
way, which is State-owned property, 
the establishment of a penalty for tli 
who allow the signs to be so plf :;d. 

"The Commission has also announi 
plans to chase buildings, and other 
truders from the State-owned propeJ 
Some adjacent property owners beaull 
and enhance the appearance of the Stajj 
right-of-way while others clutter it up 
cause obstruction of view of motorists.| 

And, "There is no doubt that the bea 
of the countryside can be greatly enhan 
by eliminating all signs from the prop^ 
of private owners which damage valu 
trees when the trees near the highw; 
are used for sign posts and the signs 
nailed to the first tree that the sign ow 

In speaking of the roadside pi 
program, the Wilmington NEWS sa 
"The park near Carolina Beach has r 
with approval by local residents s 
visitors. It is in use every day of 

And later, ". . . the roadside pai 
offer a good deal more than just a s 
to eat a sandwich before continu 
along the highway. They provide ne: 
ed family recreation facilities for picn 
and outings." 

Regarding the new roadside park n< 
ing completion east of Claremont, 
Hickory Record said, "The Record 

MAY-JUNE, 1954 



kenes From Work On US 70 Between Durham And Raleigh 

wo top pictures were made at the State-owned Crabtree 
ik Quarry where stone was crushed and stockpiled for 
on the rough grading, fine grading and subgrade rein- 
ing of the second lane of US 70 between Durham and 
eigh. Middle pictures show a close-up of the quarry wall 
a stone retaining wall being built on the outskirts of 

Pictures by Pete Hourko 

Raleigh. Bottom pictures show a motor grader smoothing 
the subgrade and the material being placed in four-inch 
compacted layers. In April, workmen started pouring con- 
crete for a two and one-half mile stretch of new paving 
from the Durham end of the job up to the intersection of 
US 70 and US 70-A. 

f urged the location of one of these 
llside parks in Catawba County, but 
that it is a reality we realize our 
)le are obligated to see that it is a 
it and not a disgrace." 
Qd, ". . . We join with him (Chairman 
ham) in the hope that all who stop 
■est or picnic at the attractive spot 
ch has been chosen for the Claremont 

roadside facility will leave the place as 
Inviting and beautiful as they found it." 

In conclusion, "Frank H. Brant, Land- 
scape Engineer for the Highway Com- 
mission, is in charge of carrying out the 
program, and he deserves the encourage- 
ment of appreciative Tar Heels." 

The Greensboro Daily News said, "North 
Carolina was a long time seeing the 

wisdom of making her highway system 
useful, convenient and beautiful. With 
tourism one of the big four industries, 
money used for readside development is 
money well spent. More power to Frank 
H. Brant, landscape engineer for the com- 
mission, and his cohorts. More roadside 
parks and beautification are what North 
Carolina needs." , 

Prison Report 

Meat Processed a 

A modern, sanitary cold storage plant at Central Prison is 
used to process all the meat and meat byproducts produced on 
State prison farms. Fish and poultry products are processed 
there too. 

First, the hogs and beef cattle are brought in from the farms 
to the abattoir at Camp Polk. Foreman Norman C. Eason 
supervises the weighing and then the slaughtering of the 
animals. From there, the chilled meat is taken to the cold 
storage plant. 

There the meat is carefully cut into standard cuts, wrapped, 
boxed and placed into quick freeze at subzero temperatures. 
Eight thermometers record the hourly temperatures for the 
eight cold storage rooms. 

John E. Montague directs the work of 26 prisoners who are 
trained in all phases of meat cutting and processing. The men 

are taught a useful trade which can be used after release fii, 
prison. Several have subsequently been employed by ni|l 
packing companies. 

Two men from the N. C. Department of Agriculture, Raj 
Kelly and T. E. Green, assist at the cold storage plant. KcJ 
directs the grading of eggs and poultry products while Gn| 
supervises the grading of meat. 

Every two weeks, big refrigerated tractor-trailers are loa(l 
up with beef, pork, fish, chicken, eggs, cheese, and oil 
margarine from the cold storage plant. The truck drivers vj 
every prison camp in the State and leave a two weeks sup 
of meats. 

Last year 4,160 hogs and 780 head of beef cattle w 
processed at the cold storage plant. The prison populat 
consumed a total of 2, 714,693 pounds of meat and products 
well as 341,910 dozen eggs. 

Form 3547 Requested 

State Highway Coimiiission 
Raleigh, N. C. 

Sec. 34.66, P.L. & 1 


Raleigh, N. C. 
Permit No. 287 




Heif tl/leH in ThiHeenth 

The two top engineers in the Thirteenth Highway Division 
recently passed 30 year work anniversaries with the High- 
way Commission. Together they are directly responsible for 
all the work, both new construction and maintenance, on the 
State's highways and roads in Buncombe, Burke, Madison, 
McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford, and Yancey counties. That's 
a big order for the Thirteenth contains some of the rugged- 
est mountain terrain in North Carolina. But veteran high- 
way engineers Corkill and Knight, as division engineer and 
assistant division engineer respectively, are just the men to 
do it. 

Corkill started with the Commission as a rodman, June 1, 
1923, right after he graduated with a B.S. degree in civil 
engineering from N. C. State College. He was soon promoted 
to instrumentman. Three years later, he was upped to junior 
resident engineer. Then in 1929, he was transferred to 
Taylorsville as senior resident engineer. He was subsequent- 
ly promoted to construction engineer in 193 8 and assistant 
division engineer in 1942. In 1950, he was made division 
engineer of the old Tenth. Coming up the engineering 
ladder, he worked out of Albemarle, Mt. Holly, Wadesboro, 
Salisbury, and Winston-Salem. 

Corkill is a member of the N. C. Society of Engineers and 
the Engineers Club of Western North Carolina. He is a 
recipient of an AASHO award for 2 5 years of meritorious 
service. He was born November 3, 1901, in Chester, S. C, 
and studied in the Chester Public Schools and the Citadel 
before going to N. C. State. 

His wife is the former Ina Lamar of Beech Island, S. C. 
They are members of the Baptist Church and live at 17 
Farrwood Avenue in Asheville. 

Assistant division engineer Knight began his highway 
service as a chainman back in 1921, on construction at 
Murphy. Two years later, he was promoted to instrument- 
man on construction. In 1929, he was made a resident engi- 
neer. From 1931 to 1933 he was district engineer at 
Andrews. Then in 1933, he was again a resident engineer 
on construction. In 1941, he was made district engineer in 
Asheville and continued in this work until his promotion to 
assistant division engineer of the old Tenth in 19 50. 

May 24, 1927, he was married to Juliet Cheak Knight of 
Big Stone Gap, Va. She died March 26, 1939. He is rightfully 
proud of his daughter, Judy Lee Knight, who just graduated 
from Greensboro College. 

Knight is a member of the Engineers Club of Western 
North Carolina, the N. C. Society of Engineers, and the 
Haywood Street Methodist Church of Asheville. 


Surface treatment operations were completed in June on the relocati 
of US 70 from Ridgecrest to Old Fort. The big four-laned road is n 
open to traffic. 

The new location which roughly parallels the old road cuts the distar 
from Old Fort into Ridgecrest by two miles. The old winding US 
up the mountain will be maintained for local traffic. 

The recent presentation of the ninth McCrary Award bri 
to mind the thoughts of the late D. B. McCrary when the fit 
award was made. Quoting directly from the presentation 1 k 
made by Mr. McCrary in 1946, his son, J. Frank McCrary, sd, 
"More and more the public has come to realize the high deg e 
of intelligence and integrity that somehow has been mi d 
with the concrete, the steel, the asphalt, and other matenl 
substances that bind our state together in an integrated hi i- 
way system. Engineers, often unknown by name, have beca 
among our people a synonym for fidelity and have infused t 
organization with the essence of their own high character." 

iRxn mm\ \mm% 

A Magazine for employees of the North Carolina State 
Highway and Public Works Commission 

Published Bi-Monthly By 
Raleigh, N. C. 

Volume V JULY-AUGUST, 19 54 Number 




J. Emmett Winslow, 

Forrest Lockey, 



H. Matnard Hicks, 

James A. Gray, Jr., 

Snow Hill 


C. Heide Trask, 

James A. Hardison, 



M. E. Robinson, 

W. Ralph Winkler, 




June F. Scarborough 



C. A. Hasty, 

J. Fleming Snipes, 



J. Van Lindley, 

Harry E. Buchanan, 



W. H. Rogers, Jr., State Highway Engineer 

R. B. Peters, General Counsel 

Division Correspondents 

Shirley Callis, 

Edward C. Darden, 



Jasper L. Phillips, 

R. B. Fitzgerald, 



Irene L. Worley, 

Charles R. Smith, 



Wade Pridgen, 

Cora Lee McLean, 


N. Wilkesboro 

J. W. Jenkins, 

Jean Cline, 



Clara Moran, 

Dan Turner. 



P. L. Welch, 

C. J. Beck, 



Margaret Bubk, Editor 

Four of the Ave squads in the Roadway drafting room 
up. On the left, seated are T. G. Moody and W. A. 
ilson, Jr., both squad leaders. Standing from left, Jean 
[ill, Lester Brown, Robert M. Rupert, George Sakas, Peggy 
jTiith Bryan, and Bob Wood. 

In the right picture, Martha Enscore and Sam Hall are 

seated. Standing, from left, George E. Smith, Jr., W. H. 
Barker, A. E. Butler, Jr., Fred L. Barnes, Joe Taylor, James 
H. Evans, W. H. Barkley, and Don Freeman. Sam Hall and 
Don Freeman are squad leaders in the drafting room. 

The Commission has three lady draftsmen: Jean Hill, 
Peggy Smith Bryan and Martha Enscore. 

I In the right picture, Martha Enscore and Sam Hall are Peggy Smith Bryan and Martha Enscore. 

Roadway Designs Integrity 

Into State's Highway Program 

)The Roadway Department on the fifth crowded, hot, dirty room in the old high- highway the Commission builds is Class 
or of the highway building in Raleigh way building. The old room, well-remem- 1-A, a four-lane highway with two 24-foot 

)The Roadway Department on the fifth 
or of the highway building in Raleigh 

a beehive of activity. It is here in a 
[I'ge, well-lighted, air-conditioned draft- 
r? room and offices that the Commis- 
j)n's draftsmen and designers turn out 
I roadway plans, estimates, proposals, 
jntracts, monthly estimates, and final 
itimates of road work. 
jPhe men, and women, of roadway work 

ietly, absorbed in plotting and planning 
3 best possible roads for the State. 
It's not easy either. It's more than 
awing lines on paper. It's figuring out 
b best alignment to fit the State's high 
lometric standards. It's estimating the 
iiount of excavation and the degree of 
rvature. It's allowing for the slope of 
e cuts and fills. It's preparing the 
oposals and allowing for the special 

The present drafting room and offices 
p a big improvement over the over- 

crowded, hot, dirty room in the old high- 
way building. The old room, well-remem- 
bered by most of the highway employees, 
was used as headquarters for road plans 
for over 30 years. 

What's the course of a road improve- 
ment from dream to drawing board to 

First, men from the location department 
and the bridge location department take 
extensive notes in the field on the align- 
ment of a proposed route. They note care- 
fully the topography. They record level 
notes, cross section notes, and drainage 
survey notes. Next, they make a detail 
map showing the approved lines. The 
notebooks and map are then turned over 
to the roadway department. 

Next the class of the road and the 
typical section must be checked upon by 
the chief engineer, division engineer and 
bituminous engineer. Roadway Design 
Engineer Tom Park says the highest type 

highway the Commission builds is Class 
1-A, a four-lane highway with two 24-foot 
wide pavements. This type of road is 
designed to carry 3,000 or more vehicles 
per day. In flat country, a Class 1-A high- 
way will not exceed the maximum curve 
of four degrees. The grade will range 
from three to six per cent. If possible, 
the road designers try not to exceed the 
six per cent grade. This means the road 
never rises more than six feet in every 
100. Minimum stopping sight distance on 
a Class 1-A primary highway is about 800 
feet. The ideal width of road shoulder is 
ten feet in flat country. However, the 
shoulder often narrows to six feet in the 
mountains. The ideal highway has at 
least a 30-foot wide median strip, (usually 
a grass plot) which separates the two 
pavements. The divided highway has 
proved one of the safest designed so far. 
The 30-foot grass strip cuts down the 
(Continued on page 2) 

Tlie folks in the Roadway Department draw up all road- 
ly plans, estimates, proposals, contracts, monthly estimates 
d final estimates of road work. 

In the left picture, Dan Allen and K. W. McGowan are 
ated. Standing, from left, Carl Stephens, Squad leader 

Dick Turner, J. D. Duncan, W. T. Daughtry, Kufus U'Daniel, 
Waldo Jones, and W. G. ShuU. 

At right, seated Mrs. Lillian Sorrell, Lydia Alexander, and 
DoUie Smith. Standing, from left, John Morson, Tom Park, 
A. L. Midgette, Jimmy Coiner, M. B. McEwen, and Bill 

Two large derricks of the Seaboard Airline Railroad re- 
cently lowered mammoth concrete spans into place on a rail- 
road structure which is i>art of the Dawson Street project 
in Raleigh. The 92-ton concrete spans were precast near 
the State Fairgrounds. They were put on flatcars and 
brought to the construction site in town. 

This was one of the most spectacular engineering ope 
tions in the South and was watched with awe by engini 
and "sidewalk contractor" alike. 

When complete, the Dawson St. project will funnel re 
dential traffic in and out of downtown Raleigh. A recent tr 
fic survey showed Raleigh's problem to be an interaal oi 


(Continued from page 1) 

glare of headlights in night-driving. 
North-bound cars are not blinded by 
lights from south-bound cars. The ideal 
width of right of way is 250 feet which 
allows room for service or access roads. 
A Class 1-A highway is expensive and not 
required on all primary routes. Such a 
highway is designed where high traflSc 
count and existing congestion require it. 

Several examples of Class 1-A highways 
are NC 71 from Monroe to Charlotte, US 
70 between Raleigh and Durham (the 
second lane is now being paved), and the 
work of dual-laning US 301 south of 

A Class 1-B highway has three lanes 
undivided and carries over 3,000 vehicles 
per day. The third or middle lane is for 

All blue printing, micro filming and 
photostats of plans are done by these 
men of the Reproduction room. First 
row, from left, Claude Sugg and Carl 
Stephens. Second row, from left, Charles 
Lassiter, Raymond Jones, Paul Pearson, 
and Earl Williams. 

passing only. Three-laned US 1 between 
Raleigh and Cary is a Class 1-B highway. 
Park explained that a third lane is rarely 
designed and built beside an existing two- 
lane highway today. A third lane is built 
only when it is impossible or too ex- 
pensive to get additional right of way. 

A Class 1-C highway is a two-lane 
undivided highway which carries between 
1,000 and 3,000 vehicles per day. NC 49 
between Misenheimer and Charlotte is 
a Class 2 highway. Another is between 
Raleigh and Bayleaf. A Class 2 highway 
is a good high type county road. Class 
3-4-5 highways are usually designed for 
secondary roads or local roads which 
carry small amounts of traffic. 

Class of Highway 

After the class of highway is agreed 
upon, the note books and all available 
information are then returned to the 
chief draftsman. He in turn assigns one 
squad to the work. In roadway, the 
designers, draftsmen and engineers are 
divided into squads ranging in size from 
three to six to a squad. There are five 
squads. The leaders are Tom Moody, Dick 
Turner, Don Freeman, Sam Hall and Bill 
Wilson. Each directs the work of his 
squad. All the squads are under the 
guidance of Chief Draftsman Dan Allen, 
Assistant Chief Draftsman R. W. Mc- 
Gowan, and Roadway design engineer 
Tom Park. However, the squad leader 
bears the responsibility for the completed 
set of plans and an estimate of the 

Park says today's improved road 
machinery has made possible many im- 
provements in roadbuilding. In the early 
days, grading was very expensive. Then, 

too, the mule-drawn scoops could cai 
such a small amount of road materi 
As a result, roads were designed 
follow closely the line of natural terra 
Heavy excavation which was practica 
impossible was avoided. So the ro< 
were built to run up and down over b 
and dale. At the time, the roads w( 
adequate for the small, light, slow-movi 
cars. Today's volume of heavy, high-spe 
vehicles have changed all that. 

Old Fort to Ridgecrest 

An adequate road for its time was ( 
US 70 which winds tortuously from C 
Fort up the mountains to Ridgecre 
Although the road was built around t 
mountains instead of cutting direc 
through the ridges, it was considered 
engineering feat. The present relocati 
of US 70 (the paving is nearing comp 
tion) is an engineering feat too, but 
a different way. The excavation of mo 
than three million cubic yards of ear 
was made possible by modern road n 
chinery. No equipment of the early da 
could have cut through the mountaii 
The powerful machines of today can 
heavy grading and excavation with ea 
on jobs once considered impossible. 

In the eastern part of the State, 
roads must be designed high above t 
high water line. If not so designed, tfc 
wash out. It's often a problem to 
borrow material to build up the road. 

The significant improvements in ro; 
design are the super-elevation and spin 
ling of curves. Both features mean th 
the motorist goes in gradually to 
banked curve and comes out gradual 
from the curve. 

(Continued on page 18) 




1st presented the 1953 Mtf rary Award to P. I). Miller. Her father, J. Frank Mc- 
'•ary, congratulates Miller. That's Mrs. Miller in the middle. Members of the 
lard committee, from left, are T. C. Hartman, Chairman Graham, Chief Engineer 
)gers, Luther Dillard, Virginia Hassinger and Sam Smith. 

Miller Presented Award 

t^fter the June meeting of the Comniis- 
ners, Chairman Graham presided over 
; presentation of the 1953 D. B. Mo- 
ary Award to Paul Davis Miller. Dis- 
ict Engineer at Statesville. Tlie cere- 
kny was held at noon in the auditorium 
tthe highway building in Raleigh, 
jrhaham told the assembled group of 
nmissioners and highway employees 
|it "the Commission stops once each 
ii\ and thinks back over tlie past record 
the Commission and of the Chairmen 
0 have presided over this body since 
At this time we think very lovingly 
the Chairman of the Commission who 
)Ught to the Commission such an in- 
est and firm desire to serve the Com- 
ssion, State, and employees. At the 
mination of his (McCrary's) services 
1945, he had so endeared himself to 
! employees that they thought of a 
,n to keep the memory of this Chair- 
,11 constantly before them for a ten- 
ir period by setting up the 'D. B. 
Crary Award.' " He reminded the 
)up that in 1946 McCrary had been 
>sent and made the presentation him- 
f, but that since he had passed on, it 
s a privilege to have his son, J. Frank 
Crary, present the award. 
ulcCrary said that his father cherished 
|! years he was privileged to serve on 

Commission greatly, not only because 
the many friends he made but also 
■ause of the opportunity to know better 
•se who worked from top to bottom. 

cited his father's habit of stopping at 
son camps, along the roadside, in 

division offices, etc., and talking with the 
personnel. He read several paragraphs 
from his father's talk at the first presen- 
tation. He then called on his youngest 
daughter, Carol, to present the framed 
certificate of award to Miller. 

In commenting on Miller's selection. 
June P. Scarborough of Statesville and 
Commissioner of the Twelfth State High- 
way Division where Miller is stationed, 
said, "Miller is a loyal and faithful em- 
ployee. He is one of our most efficient 
engineers and is outstanding in his 
ability to organize and follow through on 
construction and maintenance projects." 

Twelfth Division Engineer E. L. 
Kemper of Shelby commented, "I'm glad 
Miller's name was entered for the Mc- 
Crary Award as he (Miller) has been 
with the division for a long time and is 
very deserving. I consider him one of 
our outstanding district engineers." 

Miller was named for his invention of 
a special scoop used in cutting a trench 
for widening highways. When the scoop 
is attached to the payloader, it is easy 
to cut a uniform trench to the exact width 
and depth desired. At the same time, the 
excavation can be quickly loaded in 
trucks. Much time and hand labor are 
saved. The trench can be filled immediate- 
ly after excavation. This eliminates an 
open trench over night and provides 
greater safety for the motorist. 

Miller also improved the highway equip- 
ment used in snow removal operations. 
It is a wing-type snow drag which covers 
about one-half the highway at one time. 

The other half of the highway is left 
open to traffic. This improvement is not 
only more efficient than other snow re- 
moval equipment, but it is also much 
safer for the motorist. 

Miller, now 54, started as a rodman in 
1922 with the Highway Commission at 
Weldon. He was transferred to Albemarle 
as an instrumentman in 1932 and worked 
on a bridge project across the Pee Dee 
River. He was subsequently promoted to 
resident engineer and transferred to 
Shelby. In 1937, he was made a main- 
tenance supervisor. In 1941, he was pro- 
moted to his present position as district 
engineer in charge of road maintenance 
and construction in Alexander, Catawba, 
and Iredell counties. 

Son of John N. and Nancy Dry Miller, 
he was born February 1, 1900, in New 
London, and educated in the public 
schools of Stanly County. He was married 
to Nellie Moore of Chase City, Virginia, 
May 7, 1927. They live in Statesville and 
are members of the First Baptist Church. 
The Millers have two sons; the oldest, 
Paul D. Miller, Jr., is an engineering 
graduate with a masters degree from 
State College. The youngest, John Aubrey 
Miller, is a Statesville high school stu- 

Past winners of the award are: 

1945— J. W. Upton 

1946— Cecil L. Stearns 

1947— The late O. F. Yount 

1948— Owen K. Stephens 

1949— E. L. Setzer 

1950 — Redman S. Lowe 

1951 — George A. McKinley 

1952— W. Lloyd Cutting 

SASHO To Meet 

In Tennessee 

The Southeastern Association of State 
Highway Officials will hold their Four- 
teenth annual meeting in Nashville, 
Tennessee, September 28-30. Convention 
headqtiarters will be in the Andrew 
Jackson Hotel. Chief Engineer W. H. 
Rogers, Jr., is president of S.A.S.H.O.; 
Commissioner of Highways W. M. Leech 
of Tennessee is vice-president; and Chief 
Equipment Engineer B. W. Davis is 

Highway officials from Alabama, Arkan- 
sas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, • Louisi- 
ana. Mississippi. South Carolina, Virginia, 
and West Virginia along with Tennessee 
and North Carolina are members of 
S.A.S.H.O. Last year's annual convention 
was held in Asheville. 

LY-AUGUST, 1954 



New Division Highway Shops at Hertford Dedicatee 

Commissioner Emmett Winslow was 
master of ceremonies when about 2,000 
people gathered May 21 for the dedication 
of the new First Highway Division Shops 
near Hertford. First he recognized First 
Division Engineer W. N. Spruill, District 
Engineers George K. Maclt, T. C. Liver- 
man and J. J. Gilbert, State Landscape 
Engineer Frank Brant, State Highway 
Purchasing Agent J. M. Potter, State 
Equipment Engineer B. W. Davis, State 
Director of Purchase and Contract Dave 
Holton and Prison Director W. F. Bailey. 

Winslow called on the mayors and 
county commissioners of the 14 counties 
in the First Highway Division — Camden, 
Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank, Per- 
quimans, Bertie, Hertford, Northampton, 
Chowan, Hyde, Martin, Tyrell and Wash- 
ington — ^to stand and be recognized. He 
then acknowledged the highway employees 
in bridge maintenance, construction, and 
maintenance who were seated in the 

He then called on Highway Chairman 
A. H. Graham who said the new centrally 

The three principals of the Hertford 
Shops dedication, May 21, are Wade 
Marr of Elizabeth City, Chairman 
Graham, and First Highway Division 
Commissioner Emmett Winslow. About 
3,000 people from the 14 eastern Caro- 
lina counties in the First gathered at 
the shops for the dedication. 

located shops should render better ser- 
vice. He was glad, he said, to see the shops 
brought to the heart of the Albemarle. 
The new Hertford shops marked the com- 
pletion of a program of material construc- 
tion as new division shops were recently 
finished in Wilmington and Sylva. "We 
will continue to build roads which help 
in the development and growth of our 
State. Although many of our secondary 
roads are in good condition, our primary 
system is not adequate for the volume of 
traffic. We need to bring back the title 
of 'Good Roads State' which is the object 
of the present administration. The engi- 
neering survey now being conducted 
should give North Carolina a definite 
course and put us in the forefront of 
other states." 

Render Service 

In conclusion, he said, "You highway 
employees not only render efficient service 
but help the people of the State. Always 
be proud you're highway employees. Work 
hard so that everyone will receive first 
class service at the hands of the Highway 
Commission. It is a public service to 
satisfy your fellow citizens and make this 
country a better place in which to live." 

Since the Governor attended the funeral 
services in Raleigh of Forrest Shuford, 
Commissioner of Labor, Commissioner 
Winslow asked Wade Marr of Elizabeth 
City to speak. "This gathering gives 
meaning to citizenship, especially in our 
renewed dedication of ourselves," Marr 
said. He urged his listeners "to keep faith 
in what has made North Carolina great." 
He said that such gatherings as for the 
dedication of the shops created an atmos- 
phere of good will and aided each in find- 
ing new zeal and loyalty. 

Barbecue and Fish Served 

Immediately after the program, a delici- 
ous barbecue and fried fish supper was 

The new highway shops are located 
about two miles east of Hertford on US 
17 and cost about $100,000.00. Their cen- 

tral location in the First Division shou 
make for more efficient maintenance 
heavy highway equipment which is us« 
to repair and maintain all the sta 
highways and roads in Bertie, Camde 
Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertfor 
Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotan 
Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washingtc 

Cutting Builds Shops 

Bridge Maintenance Foreman Lloj 
Cutting supervised skilled prison labor i 
building the shops of concrete block wil, 
brick finish. The fioors were paved wil 
concrete and each shop has a steel roi 
which is insulated. The main shop whic 
is 200x60 feet houses the main repa 
shop, the stock room and the machir 
shop. There are three smaller shops, eac 
40x60 feet. The boiler room and a 
electrical welding shop are in one buiL 
ing. Another shop will be used as a war 
house to store heavy parts and equipmen 
Back of the shops is a 10,000 gallon wat< 
tank with pump which will provide wat( 
for fire protection and for washing equi 

W. J. Davis, Division Equipment Supe 
intendent, supervises the repair and mail 
tenance of all highway equipment in tt 
First Division. 

Engineer Dies 

The Landscape Department was sad- 
dened by the death of one of their key 
engineers. Assistant landscape engi- 
neer John Bradshaw Verner died June 
2, at his home in Brevard. He had been 
in declining health for a year. 

Before his illness, Verner had super- 
vised the landscape work of the Com- 
mission in the western part of the 
State. He came with the Commission 
in 1946. 

He is survived by his wife, the 
former Sherril Bromfield, and daughter, 





Commission Will Be Backbone 

In State Civil Defense Plan 

Gen. Edward GrifBn, State Civil Defense 
rector, enlisted the help of the State 
ghway Commission to form a state- 
de civil defense organization capable 
handling problems which might result 
im enemy attacks. 

He said his plan was a cheap and 
actical solution to an urgent need, 
eap because it is built around organiza- 
ns which already exist and practical 
jause it puts into use ideas which were 
5ved under actual war conditions in 
mdon during the blitz, 
'rhe framework of the statewide organi- 
:ion will be supplied by the Highway 
mmission. Each of the 14 division high- 
y engineers will become commanders 
mobile support regiments. Each will be 
spared to coordinate all emergency 
jrations within its division. 
;Jhairman Graham assured Griffin to 
ject the Commission's full support, 
iffin met the afternoon of June 10 with 
; Highway Commissioners and division 
;ineers. He explained the plan had 
;n worked out along military lines to 
)vide units able to go immediately to 
[Uble areas. 

I Communications 

I'ln the case of disaster, no community 
I capable of looking after itself. Some 
)up must go in. That would be the job 
the mobile regiments," he said, 
each of the 14 regiments will have a 
inmunications company, a headquarters 
a service company, a public works 
ittalion, and a medical and welfare 

The communication company will be 
',de up of amateur radio operators, 
ssengers, and radio station personnel 
each division area. The headquarters 
i service company will handle staff and 
^vice chores. Cooks, stewards and simi- 
I personnel from prison camps will be 
■ponsible for emergency feeding opera- 
ns, labor and motor pool services, 
["he public works battalion will be head- 
by a district highway engineer picked 
the regimental commander and will 
t^e an engineer company, a rescue coni- 
ly. a fire company and police company. 
The engineer company will be made up 
highway work ' r s and engineers 
janized into fivj platoons — a special 
rk platoon, a ' vy operations platoon, 
ight operatic: . platoon, a bridge and 
ids platoon, and a service and supply 
toon. Equipment and machinery used 
their operations would be the same 
V used for highway work, 
["he rescue company will be formed 
m highway personnel, supplemented by 
!saving and rescue squads formed from 
unteers in the division areas. 

The fire company will be built around 
forest fire personnel. The company com- 
mander will be appointed by the State 
Department of Conservation and Develop- 
ment, and the company's strength will be 
bolstered by enlisting volunteer firemen 
in the division. 

The police company will be built around 
State Highway Patrol personnel and 
volunteer auxiliary police in the highway 
division. The company commander will 
be appointed by the State Highway Patrol 

The medical and welfare battalion will 
be headed by a medical doctor to be 
selected on a volunteer basis by the N. C. 
Medical Society and will have four com- 
panies — a medical company, a public 
health company, an emergency welfare 
company and an ambulance company. 

Medical Company 

The medical company will be command- 
ed by a doctor appointed by the State 
Medical Society. Its personnel will be 
made up of doctors and specialists, 
nurses, nurses' aides, orderlies, and other 
medical workers. 

The public health company commander 
will l)e appointed by the State Health 
Company and the personnel of the com- 
pany will come from the ranks of local 
public health departments in each of the 
counties in the highway division. 


The emergency welfare company com- 
nuuuler will be appointed by the State 

Depai'tment of Public Welfare and the 
staff and per.3onnel will come from the 
various county welfare departments and 
ranks of volunteers. 

The ambulance company commander 
will be appointed by the North Carolina 
Funeral Directors Association. The com- 
pany personnel will be recruited together 
with ambulance equipment from funeral 
homes in each division. 

Griffin said Chairman Graham and 
Chief Engineer Rogers would act as 
statewide commanders of the battalions 
and would have authority to direct the 
units to any section of the State. 

In addition to the 14 mobile support 
regiments. Griffin outlined four second 
echelon corps. Each would have 11 sub- 
ordinate units: 

A second line medical regiment; a 
water transportation battalion made up 
of big concrete-mixer trucks; a transport 
truck regiment; and an improvised am- 
bulance regiment made up of such 
vehicles as delivery vans. 

A quartermaster regiment formed by 
wholesalers and other merchants; a com- 
mercial bus regiment; a school bus regi- 
ment; a public utilities regiment made 
up of personnel of power, telephone, water 
and gas companies; an emergency service 
regiment formed by construction and 
contractors' personnel; a Civil Air Patrol 
Wing, and as many care groups as 
possible for handling mass feeding, pro- 
viding housing and handling other needs 
of refugees from disaster-stricken com- 

They're making good progress on the new Ninth Division equipment shops which 
are located in Winston-Salem. The equipment setup will be similar to the other 
new division shops which have recently been completed at Wilmington, Sylva, and 

LY- AUGUST. 1954 



N.C.S.H.E.A. Association News 


Vol. 4— Edition 7 

July, 195- 

Chairman K. R. Scott of Greensboro was 
in Washington several days in April to 
attend hearings before the House Ways 
and Means Committee on HR 7199, 
commonly called the "Social Security 
Bill". This has been approved now by 
the Committee and should see action in 
this session of Congress, expanding SS 
to take in millions more people at the 
request of the President. Several na- 
tional organizations were heard and 
presented briefs asking exclusion and 
other changes, but the Committee voted 
favorably on the bill practically as 
written. This does not mean that we 
automatically now go under SS, but 
instead means (if passed by Congress) 
that we will have an opportunity to vote 
on the issue. First, the Legislature must 
appropriate funds for matching purposes 
if we go under SS; there must be a 90- 
day period prior to a referendum with 
notice given all members as to what the 
issue is, and % of those voting must 
vote in favor of supplementation or inte- 
gration. It would be fine if the State was 
able to keep the present Retirement 
System and also allow SS, but finances 
are not sufficient; if done it probably 
would not last and might later necessi- 
tate a drastic reduction in our own Re- 
tirement System. The vast majority of 
our folks want no part of SS, but want 
to keep our own System which we be- 
lieve offers more to the employee. We 
have privileges of refunds with interest; 
disability retirement; vested rights 
after 20 years service; retirement after 
30 years service regardless of age; 
voluntary retirement at age 60; no 

maximum allowance, but whatever your 
account will figure; $50 minimum with 
2 0 years service. SS has no disability, no 
refunds, employee must be "covered" 
certain period of tipie prior to retire- 
ment, retirement is not until age 65, and 
they have a very low maximum (present- 
ly $85 but will go up slightly under HR 
7199). Our present System is gradually 
growing better and will be what we 
want in the next few years. If and when 
Congress votes this bill favorably, it is 
up to us to educate our member over 
the State as to what the issue is and 
persuade them to vote for the best of 
all concerned. 

Messrs. Scott, Biggerstaff, McDonald, 
Wesley and your Secretary appeared be- 
fore the Retirement System Board of 
Trustees on May 20, accompanied by 
State Personnel Director McDevitt and 
his Assistant Mr. Manning, and Clifton 
Beckwith of the NCSEA. Several prob- 
lems were discussed and we were re- 
ceived most graciously by the entire 
Board. A discussion of Social Security 
brought out the belief we had nothing to 
worry about at present, and the Board 
will go into this with us further before 
they make any move. We went into the 
30-day waiting period for retirement 
payments; as under present rules, 
person separating from State service to 
retire, and having terminal leave due, 
must wait until all terminal leave is 
paid before the waiting period begins. 
We are to go into this further with a 
special committee and the Attorney 
General shortly, but at present I have 
ruling from the Assistant Attorney 
General that terminal leave is something 

already earned prior to separation, anc 
that even though additional payroll: 
might be submitted after separation t( 
pay this leave, it is not for service; 
rendered within that month the payrol 
is submitted and for that reason th( 
waiting period may begin immediatelj 
following the last day of actual service 
This will be cleared up we believe bi 
action of the Board of Trustees at theii 
next meeting. Another discussion wa: 
concerning allowing retired employee: 
to work temporarily for the State aftei 
retirement, not long periods, but strictlj 
1 or 2 days a week to supplement thai: 
small retirement. We had in mind thos* 
with low income who might be availabh 
for week-end prison guards, relie 
bridge tenders or night watchmen, etc 
with limitation of time could work s( 
as not to create a situation whereby ai 
employee could retire and draw pensior 
and continue to work practically full 
time. This matter is to be worked ou 
with the same special committee, sinc< 
I also have a ruling from the Assistan 
Attorney General to the effect that th( 
Board has authority to regulate this. 

MENT — With approval of the Chair 
man, Mr. Witherspoon, and the Board 
of Trustees of the Retirement System 
your Secretary hopes to be able in th( 
near future to begin contacting personal 
ly those Highway Employees applying 
for retirement to explain to each of their 
exactly what they might be entitled t( 
under all options. This is being done t( 
create better feelings and to show th( 
employee exactly what confronts him 
(Continued on page 19) 

Friday, May 28, was Ladies Night when the Randolph 
C.'qunty employees had a chicken supper. District Engineer 
John G. Hall was ni. c. for the occasion. State NCSHEA 
president Fred Biggerstaff spoke to the group. K. R. Scott 


of Greensboro also spoke briclly. The following new officers 
were elected: Wayne Cagle, president; Charlie Williams 
vice-president; and Herman Shaw, secretary-treasurer. 
It was one of the best meetings held this year. 





IGNS of the Times . . . Bonnie Wall, 
ecretary in Personnel, was married to 
ohn Broadwell, May 29, in the Ebenezer 
lethodist Church . . . They've set up 
liousekeeping in an apartment at 217 
|]ast Lane Street in Raleigh . . . Barbara 
!lykes, secretary to Attorney Ken Wooten, 
designed recently . . . She was married 
0 Walter Schacht, July 3, in the First 
{aptist Church . . . They are living in 
iieaksville where he's connected with a 
extile firm . . . DoUie Smith, secretary 

0 Roadway Design ICngineer Tom Park, 
/ill marry J. C. Knowles, July 21 . . . 
'heir wedding will be televised on 
Bride and Groom." 

ine Champion took a week off in May . . . 
i!he spent it at home on Courtland Drive 
nd watched her husband paint . . . Leona 
tidburtj took a week-long vacation to 
.elp redecorate her home in Garner. 

H. K. WITHERSPOON recently chalked 
p his 35th anniversary with the Com- 
lission . . . His very capable assistant, 
'lorine Boone, just passed her 30-year 
/ork anniversary too . . . Vera Jeffreys 
pent a week relaxing at Carolina Beach. 
llawkins is spreading the word about his 
lewest and fifth grandchild, a little girl, 
/ho was born to his youngest son, Jack 
■lawkins, and daughter-in-law in Wil- 
mington . . . Latitia Sanders spent a 
une week vacationing at Topsail Beach. 

1 MARY ROGERS, wife of our chief 
ngineer, is spending a month with her 
^irandchildren at Long Beach . . . Mr. 
iogers spent a week with them and then 
'oined them on week-ends . . . Virginia 
'lassinger was hospitalized for several 
(ays; she's fine now and back at work. 

LEGAL NEWS . . . Chief Counsel R. 

Brookes Peters took his wife on a ten-day 
trip to Seattle, Washington, for the an- 
nual Rotary International Convention . . . 
They made a quick trip July 3 to New 
York to meet their son and daughter-in- 
law when they returned from a year's 
ministerial study in Scotland . . . It's 
good to see £7. 0. Brogden out of the Navy 
and back on the legal staff . . . Larry 
Beltman has opened a branch of the legal 
department in Winston-Salem; the next 
six months, he'll handle condemnation 
cases arising from the Winston-Salem 
expressway . . . Virginia Lyons will join 
her family for a week's vacation in July 
at Ocean Drive. 

EQUIPMENT DOINGS . . . Thursday 
night. May 27, all the employees from the 
Raleigh office and the Equipment Depot 
enjoyed an annual barbecue at the Youth 
Center on the State Fairgrounds . . . 
Edith Williams resigned July 1, to devote 
full-time to being a housewife . . . Jane 
Finch is working temporarily this sum- 
mer . . . B. W. Davis, his wife, and 
daughter, Peggy of New York, spent two 
weeks at their cottage in Wrightsville 

Beach . . . Ethel Jones and her husband, 
Fred, joined them for a week-end. 

RIGHT OF WAY Happenings . . . 
Trulah Page took a five-day cruise on the 
"Queen of Bermuda" to Bermuda the last 
of May . . . Mrs. Hilda Russell resigned 
recently . . . She was replaced by Nellie 
Barnes . . . Linett Williams has been 
employed to take Peggy Taylor's place 
. . . S. H. Shearin, Jr., has been promoted 
and transferred to the highway office 
in Greensboro. 

FROM PERSONNEL . . . Earl Crump 
and his wife, Sarah, recently spent a 
few days at Wrightsville Beach . . . Dot 
Medlin spent a week at Nag's Head. 

STATISTICS . . . Sympathy is extend- 
ed R. N. Brincefield in the recent death 
of his brother, John, in Florida ... To 
Blanchie Bradley in the death of her 
father, G. W. Ladd, April 29 . . . And to 
A. E. Allen in the death of his father in 
May . . . Jane Walker has married and 
is now living in Vaughn . . . Jane Cam- 
eron and her husband, Dan, have moved 
into their newly-completed home on 
Granville Drive . . . Lucille Winstead was 

It was a big day for Guy Moore, May 17. State Bridge Maintenance Engineer 
C. B. Taylor praised him for his work during the past 30 years; and Pani Connelly, 
secretary in the Raleigh office, pinned on his 30-year service emblem. Charlie 
Biggs, H. M. Bivens of North Willtesboro, J. S. Warren of Rocky Mount, K. R. 
Scott of Greensboro, F. S. Yount of Hickory, and Taylor gathered round for the 




It was the Children's Hour recently when the wi%'es of the 
bridge employees in the Raleigh office brought their oft- 
spring by the office. Each youngster was spick and span 
and dressed in his best bib and tucker. The men of the 
Bridge Department can well be i>rond of their fine-looking 

In the left picture, little Roger Max Collins, Jr., was 
about to make his getway. His dad is a bridge locating engi- 
neer. Murray Howell assists his son, Murray, Jr. The other 
two children on the front row are Joel Parker and Susan 
Nickel. Second row, from left, Rhodes Peele, Murray, Donald 

and Douglass Jones, and Scotty Nickel. Third row, from le 
Walter B. Jones, Jr., Bobby Edgerton, and Betty Baker. 

The small fry on the right belongs to the "Youngest Se( 
Victoria and Kimberly Collins, twin daughters of the Fn 
Collins', are seated in a double stroller. Left to right, hoi 
ing their prize offspring are Ben Terrell, Landis Tempi 
Howell Peele and Mrs. Kirvin Satterwhite, all of the bridj 
drafting room. Next are Mrs. Charles Edgerton, Mrs. Jai 
Parker, and Mrs. John Collier whose husbands are ei 
ployees of the bridge location department. The young raj 
who is standing at right is Michael Collier. 

hospitalized briefly for a minor operation 
. . . Betty Miles and her husband spent a 
week-end visiting her folks in Pennsyl- 
vania . . . Ruth Dunn is a new employee 
. . . Flora McDonald spent a week-end at 
Wrightsville Beach . . . Belle and Bob 
Tilley went to Aslieville for a week-end 
. . . Carl Wilson was in the hospital 
for a few days . . . Mr. and Mrs. Marvin 
Gates spent a week-end at Doughton 
State Park . . . D. C. Fussell and his wife 
spent the second week in June at Harker's 
Island . . . Dot Turner and her husband, 
Hubert, made a quick trip to Atlanta for 
a recent convention and tlien rested 

several days at Myrtle Reacli 


Gary Lee Bebber, five-jear old son of 
key foreman J. 1). Bebber of Alexander 
County, was mascot for the Taylorsville 
High School senior class. His cousin on 
the right, Margie Deanc Russell, grad- 
uated this year. 

hope Polk Denmark's brother, James, is 
much better; he was in the hospital. 

FROM THE LAB . . . F. S. Hardy 
recently joined the ranks of the 30-year 
highway employees . . . L. 8. Jackson has 
now completed 20 years of service . . . 
Bon S. Perkins has 15 years to his credit 
. . . Jeter E. Daniel, W. R. Richardson, 
and R. J. Scarborough each has rounded 
out five years of highway work . . . Mr. 
and Mrs. E. H. Curtis became the proud 
parents of a daughter, Cathy King, who 
was born May 24 . . . Mrs. Velma Phifer, 
formerly of Norfolk, is a new chemist in 
the lab . . . Ehraham Shekarchi has re- 
turned to his work in the lab after spend- 
ing five months at his home in Teheran, 
Iran . . . Clyde Bryan, a 1954 State College 
graduate, is a new employee in the re- 
search lab . . . He was married to Peggy 
Smith, June 18 . . . Peggy is a lady drafts- 
man in Roadway. 

Ferymon, a draftsman, recently complet- 
ed a highway engineering course with the 
International Correspondence Schools . . . 
Edn-in W. Seagroves, Highway Engineer 
III, has just received his emblem for 30 
years of highway service . . . Bill Hamp- 
ton's daughter, Ermine "Boots," graduat- 
ed from St. Marys College. June 1 . . . 
Sudie Seltman is glad to have her 
daughter, Ann, back after a three-week 
stay in Washington, D. C, for a TV hear- 
ing of WPTF; Ann is secretary and 
traffic manager of the radio station . . . 
Get J. H. Chappell to tell you of the many 
honors that have come to his young son, 
John Herbei-t Chappell, Jr. . . . The junior 

Chappell just finished Durham Juni 
High . . . He's quite a track man, havh 
won a medal for the 100-yard dash, tl 
120-yai-d low hurdles, the winning reli 
team ... He was second in the broi 
jump . . . Besides that, he won a $5: 
prize for an essay on the causes ai 
effects of the War Between the Stat 
which was sponsored by the U.D.C. f 

PRISON Department News . . . M7 
Lovie King is recovering from a rece) 
operation . . . Mrs. Dickens, the formi 
Frances Richardson, is working tempo 

Location party chief H. A. Taf 
bounces his little one-year old grant 
daughter, Jacquelin Tate, on his kne< 
Longtime highway employee Tate is 
whiz on rock soundings. 




iarily . . . Mrs. Josephine Vpchicrch is back 
from a vacation in Charleston and Myrtle 
Beach . . . Charles G. Bennett is the new 
supervisor of prisoner recreation . . . He 
replaced B. F. Grigg when he became 
superintendent at the Butner Youth 
[ienter . . . Sympathy is extended J. D. 
Wilson in the death of his father, April 9. 

FROM THE BRIDGE Department . . . 
B. y. Bennett, A. S. Bridgforth, III, F. B. 
Hicks, Jack D. Childress, and P. B. Honey- 
^utt, Jr. are new Bridge employees . . . 
Dan Hudson and Peter Hoadley are work- 
ing during the summer in the Structure 
Survey Division; Dan's an ECC student, 
Peter attends Duke . . . Thomas M. 
Lynam, George W. Middleton, and John 
b. Terry, are working this summer in the 
irafting room . . . Bridge Design Engi- 
neer Edivard S. Boyd recently resigned. 
' FROM BITUMINOUS . . . Three men 
lave recently been on one-week vacations: 
John Walton, Bill Ellis, and Bill Ware. 

IN LANDSCAPE William R. Phelps 
irove to Washington, D. C. for a short 
iracation . . . Irma Callahan spent ten 
lays at her home in Wilson. 

Williayns resigned to accept a job in 
Hampton, Virginia; she was replaced by 
i former employee, Becky Holding . . . 
Ruth Boone spent a long week-end at 
Deean Drive . . . Nelle Broivn recently 
took a week vacation . . . Jean Hicks 
bpent a week at her home in Henderson 
. . Alderman Merritt visited friends in 
Philadelphia . . . Ann Winsloin is working 
temporarily this summer . . . Emily 8in- 
sley took a week off to rest at home . . . 
Joyce Smith visited friends in Texas . . . 
Bill Smith recently won $25.00 worth of 
shirts from Vogue. 

I IN BRIDGE Maintenance, Becky Griffin 
lias resigned to devote full time to house- 
keeping . . . Charlie Biggs and Ralph 
Carroll attended the annual dinner and 

When two French hii;h\vay engineers 
came to North Carolina, State ruc- 
tion Engineer W. E. Hawkins took thcni 
on a week's tour of current highway 
construction. From left, Andre Laure of 
Paris, France, Hawkins, and Jacques 
Saigot of Algiers, Algeria. 


A.s.sistant purchasing agent F. B. Hall 
of Raleigh retired recently after 32 
years vvitli the Highway Commission. He 
received the trophies and i)laques behind 
him for outstanding work in the YMCA, 
the Lions Club, and the Raleigh Shrine 

His highway work dates from 1921 
when he came with the Commission as 
maintenance accountant in old Division 
One. For one year lie was resident engi- 
neer on work around Tai^boro. From 
1927 to 1933, he was equipment super- 
intendent of the equipment depot in 
Raleigh. He was then division mechanic 
in Tarboro for one year. In 1934, he 
was promoted to assistant purchasing 

Hall has no definite plans after his 
retirement other than to fish and rest 
this summer. His many highway friends 
appreciate his fine work through the 
year and extend best wishes to him in 
his well-earned retirement. 

meeting of the bridge maintenance men 
of the First and Second Divisions which 
was held July 10, in Point Harbor. 

Jean Freeman spent two weeks vacation- 
ing with friends at Long Beach . . . Ed 
McMahan, Jr., recently toured the New 
England states . . . Martha and Charles 
Enscore are back from a vacation at 
Myrtle Beach . . . James Warren has 
returned from military service and is in 
the drafting room again . . . There are 
eight men working temporarily this 
summer: George Holland, A. G. Bullard. 
James Davis, Wyatt Bell, Robert Hayes. 
Ira Pearce, Everett Beam, and Harry 
Epps . . . Lydia Alexander was recently 
married to B. T. Kornegay in the parson- 
age of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in 
Raleigh . . . Peggy Smith married Clyde 
Bryan in the Westminster Presbyterian 
Church, June 18 . . . Lillian Sorrell is 
back after a brief illness. 

MRS. ELEONORE Buchmann is a new 
draftsman in Location . . . She was ^born 
and educated in Germany, but she now 
lives in Raleigh. 



PiTisioft Corresj)»f»(lei|t •• 

Congratulations to cunton Lesue 

Haislip who recently completed his work 
for a diploma in highway engineering 
from the International Correspondence 
Schools of Scranton, Pennslyvania. 

HAPPY Birthday wishes go to V. R. 
Barnette, H. L. Briley, L. C. Bunch, Jr., 
J. L. Clements, P. L. Fields, Julius 
Joyner, Leroy Parsons, R. E. Smith, H. W. 
Stokes, L. E. Tyndall, J. T. Tyson, 8. D. 
Whaley, N. G. Whitford, and A. J. 
Williams, Jr. 

ANNE ASKEW was honored in May 
when she was presented a Life Member- 
ship Pin and Certificate for outstanding 
service in the Wesleyan Service Guild of 
Jarvis Memorial Methodist Church of 

SERVICE Awards were recently pre- 

Col. Jesse E. Graham, chief of the 
North Carolina Military District, pins 
tlie Bronze Star Medal for meritorious 
service in Korea on Lt. Col. Robert L. 
Brown, Jr., of Charlotte. 

Col. Brown was cited for his part in 
military operations against an armed 
enemy during the i)eriod of January 9 
to November 30, 1953. The citation read 
in part: "Col. Brown's conscientious de- 
votion to duty was instrumental in the 
successful completion of all missions 
assigned the section and gained the 
respect of his superiors and subordinates 
alike. The meritorious service rendered 
by Col. Brown throughout the period re- 
flects great credit on himself and the 
military service." 

Among Col. Brown's awards and 
decorations are tlie American Defense 
Service Medal, World War II Victory 
Medal, Occupation Medal, U. S. Korean 
Medal, UN Service Medal, ROK Presi- 
dential Citation, and the Bronze Star. 

He is the son of Robert L. Brown of 


Robert A. Furtado, 16-year old sou 
of Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Furtado, was re- 
cently elected president of the Wake 
County chapter of the National Beta 
Club. Membership in the Beta Clubs is 
based on character, scholarship, and 
achievement. Bob is a rising senior in 
Garner High School where he is a mem- 
ber of the basketball team. He has held 
various school offices, including vice- 
president of his class. Bob is active in 
church and scout work. His dad is the 
very capable electrical engineer of the 
Bridge Department. 

sented to the following men: Joseph 
Clarence Godwin, Lester Mahew Roberts, 
John Lee Humphrey, John CorMtt Norris, 
and G. C. Phillips for 30 years of highway 
work ... To Earl T. Bender, D. C. Golden, 
8. Early Mann, and Taylor Franklin 
Harris for 25 years of duty ... To Robert 
Bonner Chauncey and James Lacy Over- 
ton for 20 years . . . To W. C. Jenkins, 
E. M. Woolard, Cleatus Monroe Carawan, 
and Lewis M. Gurkin for 15 years . . . 
To Willie Lee Jones, J. H. Guirkins, R. E. 
Smith, H. G. Gurganus, G. S. Pate, Gar- 
land Sammons, W. H. Gannon, H. D. 
Lewis, and Clyde Willis for ten years of 
work . . . And to E. P. Andreics, T. W. 
Edwards, L. W. Gihson, Stoneicall Gray. 
Sterling Mason, L. P. Mercer, Carroll 
Millis, Aubrey McCoy, C. W. Nobles. Z. M. 
Roberts, J. C. Skinner. Matt E. Wiggins, 
Charney Clark. Matheic Benjamiii Tyler, 
Marvin Warren, and Jesse Alford Waters 
. . . Each can feel justly proud of the 
part he has played in bringing good 
roads to North Carolina. 

SYMPATHY goes to the family of 
Romulus H. Hamilton who died recently 
. . . He was a retired highway employee 
. . . And to the family of Thomas S. 
Fulcher in the death of their mother, 
May 6. 

H. W. STOKES recently visited his son 
in Suffolk, Virginia. 

JOE WEEKS, one of a party of fisher- 
men going out from Swansboro, reports 
favorable weather and good biting on his 
deep sea fishing excursion . . . They 
brought back around 500 sea bass! 

SICK LIST . . . Alto7i Parker, main- 
tenance supervisor of Craven and Jones 
Counties, is back on the job after spend- 
ing some time in Duke Hospital . . . 
W. H. Cannon, bridge tender on the 
Morehead City drawbridge, is out with 
heart trouble, but he should be back soon. 

AL F. GARNER, bridge tender on the 
Atlantic Beach Bridge, retired recently 
because of illness . . . He and his wife 
are both bedridden . . . We hope they will 
l)oth soon regain their health . . . Garner 
had been a faithful State employee for 
the past 17 years. 

That's little four-year old Ray Sud- 
derth perched up on the tractor. His 
dad, Aud Sudderth, is the superinten- 
dent of Peaclitrec I'rison Camp, near 

W. K. SMITH, mechanic at the division 
shop, returned home one afternoon re- 
cently to find his son painted up (or so 
he thought) for a game of "injun" . . . 
The paint turned out to be a good case 
of measles. 

RUFUS William Ward is to be con- 
gratulated upon rounding out 35 years of 
liigliway service! 

MRS. CARL ABEE, JR., recently at- 
tended the wedding of her cousin, Carol 
Price, to Mr. Kaleel in Clinton. 


Division Correspondent 


J. HREE men recently retired after 
many years of faithful service . . . Bridge 
Tender Frank S. Shepard retired July 1 
. . . Section foreman M. L. Taylor retired 
oa disability, April 30 . . .And Foreman 
E. E. Heath also retired April 30. 

SYMPATHY is extended Office Engi- 

neer J. 0. Wenberg in the death of 
brother. May 7 . . . To W. Af. Ingr< 
Resident Engineer in Clinton, in 
recent death of his sister . . . And 
W. T. Hall, Maintenance Supervisor 
Burgaw, in the death of his aunt. 

SINCE Commissioner C. Heide Tr 
had to cancel his plans at the last min 
to attend the Commissioners Meeti 
April 28, at Manteo, Division Engin 
C. E. Brown and Assistant Division Er 
neer R. V. Biberstein went and represf 
ed the Third Division. 

ter of the N.C.S.H.B.A. had a seafi 
supper meeting at Faircloth's on Wrigl 
ville Beach, May 7 . . . The follow 
new officers were elected: J. 0. Wenbe 
Chairman; W. V. Coley, Vice-ChairmE U 
and W. G. Cooper, Secretary-Treasurer, fl 



Division Correspondent * 

HE FOURTH was saddened by tJ 
death of Resident Engineer C. H. Gi 
of Johnston County from a heart attai 
May 22 ... He was only 62 and had be 
with the Commission for many years . i 
Sympathy goes to his wife, and two so) 
C. H. Giles, Jr., and Stewart Giles 
Kinston, and three grandchildren . . . ] 
was buried in the Raeford Cemetery. 

HIGHWAY Personnel Director Earl 
Crump presided over a meeting in t 
division office. May 12, when he discuss 
personnel increment data with the di 
sion office staff . . . He was assisted 
Sam Badgett and Highway Auditor Sc 
N. Smith. 

on her marriage to Tommy Perry, Su 

Little Jane CaroljTi Watt, five-ye? 
old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wai' 
of Statesville, was the mascot of tli 
senior class at Scotts High School. Hej 
father is an Iredell County machin 




elOominifssionors Forrest Lockey and 
A. Hasty were among the group who 
oyed a shad bake given in Aberdeen 
May. The Chairman, (\)mmissioners 
nes Hardison and Donnie Sorrell, 
ng with Division Engineers T. <i. 
indexter, L. E. Whitfield, and Hunter 
ing were also on hand for the festive 

•, May 30 . . . Audrey is a stenographer 
the division office ... To both Tommy 
I Audrey, we wish a long and happy 

NEW district office was opened April 
n Goldsboro . . . Honored guests were 
nmissioner M. E. Robinson, Division 
jineer E. P. Koonce and his assistant 

D. Grantham, Mr. Williams, S. F. 
Imes, Hershel Smith, Clarence Moore, 
I Tom Wilkins ... A fine barbecue was 
oyed by all the Wayne County em- 
yees . . . Maintenance Supervisors 

T. Noell and J. V. Walters, District 
gineer R. W. Daivson and "8'peed" 

ten plus members of the equipment, 
son, bridge and construction depart- 
Qts of Johnston and Wayne shared in 


)IVISION Shop foreman W. J. Ezzell. 
recently took a few days vacation 
H. T. Noell and his wife enjoyed a 
ik vacation in Florida. 

iTATE Highway forces recently added 
b and gutter to Main Street in Casta- 
. . . The pavement was widened to 42 

t through town . . . This was a long- 

;ded improvement. 

)FFICE Engineer Sam Livesay is back 
1 time after a rather lengthy illness 
W. 8. Poivell is recuperating at home 
er treatment at the Parkview Hospital 
Rocky Mount. 

THE OUTSIDE of the division office 
ently had its face lifted . . . Sign 
iPervisor Burrell Connor and his men 
npleted a neat-looking paint job. 
DEEPEST sympathy goes to Mrs. 
zabeth W. Sauls and family in the 

death of her husband, Ronal Earl Sauls, 
in May ... He was fatally injured on the 
jol) . . . And to E. 8. Peabody and family 
in the death of his wife, May 19 . . . 
rcdhody is resident engineer in Weldon. 

EMPLOYEES in Johnston County are 
pleased with the new equipment they 
recently received — a tractomotive four- 
wheel drive front-end loader with one 
cubic yard bucket . . . Resident Engineer 
J. J. Cole, Jr., of Wayne was assigned a 
new Ford V-8. 

port and wife upon the arrival of a baby 
girl. May 19. 

BEST WISHES go to the following 
folks who received service awards: 
Julian Franklin Spence for 30 years . . . 
Paul Anderson Fulghum for 20 years . . . 
Zollie Herman Williams for 15 years . . . 
Ernest Willie Oioens, Willia^ns Chester 
Page, S. C. Fulghum, Prentis E. Garris. 
Henry Lynch, and Frank J. Worley for 
ten years . . . And to Joseph T. Goodson. 
James C. Harrison, Leon B. Hatcher, 
Percell Holland, D. G. Jones, W. C. Price. 
Russell Roberts, Elmond Smith, James 
Millard Abernathy, Detvey Tommy Bass, 
Simon Kinlaw Bass, Harvey Patrick Boy- 
ette, Rufus J. Brown, George Hunter 
Griffin, George Jones, Albert Mercer, 
Robert Lemuel Tant, Roy Clyde Wallace, 
James Joseph Wester, and Willie Thurs- 
ton Williams, Jr. . . . We hope they'll wear 
their highway service emblems with 


Division Correspondent 

IRANVILLE COUNTY employees had 
an Association meeting. May 14 . . . Past 
State president Merle Adkins and Otis 
Banks spoke to the group . . . About 60 
members were present . . . The supper 
was barbecue. 

VACATIONS . . . The following Gran- 
ville County men have recently taken 

1st Lt. Fred M. Council!, son of Divi- 
sion Engineer and Mrs. J. H. Councill 
of Boone, recently finished his tour of 
duty with the Air Force Security Serv- 
ice in Germany. He's home now for a 
visit. His sister, Martha, is also home 
from Duke for the summer. 

vacations: Saiii H. Arcrette, Willie M. 
Cole, E. B. Critcher, W. B. Grady, H. L. 
Henley, Elvin A. Lumpkin, A. 8. May, 
W. L. Reams, and R. L. Royster . . . Z. W. 
Holder and F. 8. Mangvm each took a 
week of vacation recently. 

SICK LIST . . . Foreman 8. E. Jones of 
Durham County was out of work a few 
days when he fractured his toe; while 
barefooted at home, he walked into a 
chair ...J.J. Taylor is out of the hos- 
pital and recuperating from his recent 
illness . . . Gang foreman Giles E. 
Crutcher is back on the job after a short 

WELCOME to Earnest C. Adcock, a 
new Granville County maintenance em- 
ployee . . . He was formerly with the 
prison department in Vance County. 

TRUCK DRIVER G. J. Brogden is all 
smiles since he got his new set of teeth. 

Some of the boys frorii the western part of the State line up. From left, Cecil 
Hooper, motor grader operator; Price Walker, mechanic; Posey Deyton and Dale 
Walker, truck drivers of Robbinsville; and Babe Cole, bull dozer operator of 
Bryson City. 





p. L. WELCH 
Division Correspondent 

Late one Friday afternoon, all the children under six years came by the Bridge 
Department in Raleigh to see their fathers at work. It was touch and go for 
awhile with little people darting among the drafting tables. Jessie Ruth Norris 
corraled this group long enough for her husband, Jimmy Norris, to take their 
picture on the steps of the highway building. Front row, from left, Paula Harmon, 
Jean Usry, Danny and Timmy Barnett. Second row, from left, Rhodes Peele, 
Johnny Temple, Chip Goodwin, Freda Noble and Susan Nickel. Third row, from 
left, Dixie and Scotty Barnett. 

SYMPATHY goes to the family of Guy 
T. Wheeler in his recent death . . . Guy, 
a Granville County motor grader opera- 
tor, had been with the Commission for 
23 years and was a willing and con- 
scientious worker . . . To L. L. Reece in. 
the recent death of his father. 

M. L. MANGUM of Durham Maintenance 
is the proud father of a daughter who was 
born May 3. 


Division Correspondent 


Barefleld who is in the V. A. Hospital in 
Fayetteville . . . Boh is in Location. 

GET W. C. GRIMES of Construction to 
tell you about his Florida vacation . . . 
He, his wife, and son spent two grand 
weeks in Miami. 

GUY W. MOORE, bridge maintenance 
superintendent, spent the week of June 6, 
at Kure's Beach with his family. 

DIVISION Engineer Whitfield took his 
family to Long Beach for a June week-end. 

tion, his wife and infant daughter re- 
cently spent a week-end in Charlotte . . . 
They're mighty proud of the '54 Dodge 
they're driving now. 

HE ROAD OIL chapter of the 
N.C.S.H.E.A. held their quarterly meeting 
Tune 2 at the Barbecue Lodge in Fayette- 
ville . . . After a fine chicken dinner, 
officers were elected for the coming year 
as well as delegates to attend the annual 
unit meeting in July . . . Special guests 
were Commissioner Hasty, Division Engi- 
neer Whitfield, Withers Davis. Steve Am- 
nions, and Otis Banks. 

WELCOME to Jack Hardison and Joe 
Mack Hatcher, civil engineering students 
at State, who are working with Construc- 
tion this summer. 

THE CAPE FEAR Engineers Club met 
June 9, at the Barbecue Lodge . . . K. C. 
Butler, secretary of the group, reported a 
good crowd enjoyed a fine supper. 

Jr., of Location, who was married June 5. 
A SPEEDY recovery is wished Bob 

Little Johnie Linda Porter is seven 
and will be in the second grade this fall. 
Her daddy is James W. Porter of 
Robbinsville who is a motor grader 

graduates . . . Tom Burton's dauw* 
Ruth, graduated from Guilford CoW'^ 
May 31 . . . District Engineer TW'" 
White's son, William Wray Whitep'" 
received his law degree from "|| 
Forest, May 31. 

AT A RECENT Bur-Gra Pirates 
ball game, 8. Malone Hall, foreman a] 
Bacon Quarry in Orange County, wj 
1954 Cadallic in a drawing .... 
Jordan of the First District Shop 
tically had to force him to buy a til 
. . . Anyway, Hall is a lucky manf 
we're glad he won. 

SICK LIST . . . Edward Rowland\ 
Rufus Nelson are back at work in Cal 
County after being out sick . . . i^owzl 
wife, Verna, was a recent patienl 
Memorial Hospital in Danville, VirJ 
. . . The wife of William A. Atki')] 
section foreman in Alamance County,! 
a recent operation at Alamance Geil 
Hospital . . . Obra D. Thomas, t| 
driver in Alamance, is back after al 
week illness . . . Mo7-is L. Collie of " 
well County was a patient at MemJ 
Hospital, Danville . . . Mrs. G. cl 
Denny was hospitalized at Memorial 
Danville . . . Truck driver Hassel ijl 
of Caswell County was in an automcj 
accident; there was considerable dar 
to his car, but no one was injured 
The wife of R. P. Cole in the Resiil 
Engineer's office was a recent hos^ 
patient . . . Paul Clifton's wife was 
in the hospital . . . Special get 
wishes go to the father and three sisi 
of L. H. Gunter; they have all been q| 

MOTOR operator Raymond M. lI 
ford of Caswell County was on the | 
list for some time; but we hope 
much better now. 

FREAK ACCIDENT . . . Superv 
Foreman Charles E. Murphy of Casi 
County was driving his new Chevr 
down a country road when a cow jum 
into the back fender of his car. 

VACATIONS . . . Mrs. Ruth Nunnalll 
Petersburg, Virginia, recently spenl 
week with her sister, Mrs. Elizabeth 
Wyatt, secretary in the Right-of-Way 
partment . . . Mrs. Ruth Jarmon, stej 
grapher in the First District office, 
companied her family to Delaware fo: 
visit with relatives; while there, tl 
saw Longwood Garden in Pennsylva 
. . . W. W. White took in the Kentuc 
Derby, May 1, in Louisville at Churcl 




Above pictures were made of the district office in Goldsboro. Middle picture 
shows resident engineer J. J. Vole, Jr., at his drawing board. Picture on right was 
made of Hassel, highway inspector I; Turlington, highway engineer II; and Howard 
Davis and P. I*. Hancock, both highway inspectors II. 

5 runner-up in the third flight of the 
W Valley Spring Golf Tournament. 
Y. R. PHELPS of Raleigh recently 
lacert />'. McMi.-hnt l of Rocky Mount 

r [Assistant Landscape Engineer for the 

ujienth Division. 

]ot!ANG FOREMAN J. Walter Hooper of 
IFiwell County recently moved into his 
tev home . . . He welcomes his many 
Unds but warns they'll have to pull off 
ir shoes before entering. 
'HE GUILFORD County chapter of the 
J.S.H.E.A. held a meeting at Greens- 
^ o Country Park, April 23 . . . The 
, fiting was well-attended . . . The group 
oyed a tasty barbecue supper which 
3 served following a short business 
sion . . . New officers were elected. 


lENIOR Right-of-Way Engineer C. M. 
rtsock, Jr., returned to the Durham 
be in Division Five . . . He was re- 
'ced in the Seventh by Howard Shearin 
the Raleigh office . . . Shearin plans to 
We his wife and two childre^n to 
;ensboro soon. 

I When Dr. Medlin, Mayor of Aberdeen, 
tve his annual shad bake, May 23, 
pneral George Marshall of Pinehurst 
IS an honored guest. 


Division Correspondent 


I HE LEE County chapter of the 
ICS H.E.A. held an old-fashioned fish 
V, May 28 . . . About 50 members were 
esent . . . The following county officers 
!re elected: Sam Carter, chairman; Paul 
■OKU, vice-chairman; and H. C. Mason, 

RECENTLY the Montgomery County 
iployees had a supper meeting at the 
'oy Prison Camp . . . The following 
isociation officers were elected from 
ontgomery: E. S. Tucker, chairman; 
A. Cranford, vice-chairman; and W. L. 
'-aiv, secretary-treasurer. 

SYMPATHY is extended C. B. Wicker. 
division prison supervisor, in the death 
of his mother, Mrs. S. A, Wicker of San- 
ford, June 11. 

to Division Engineer T. G. Poindexter, 
spent the second week of June at Myrtle 
Beach, South Carolina. 

SICK LIST . . . Mrs. Ftoij Burkhead was 
called to her home in Turkey, N. C, due 
to the illness of her mother . . . A. D. 
Thames, superintendent of the Wagram 
Prison Camp, has recently been admitted 
to the State Sanitorium for treatment . . . 
L. C. Covington, steward of the camp in 
Asheboro, is filling in while Thames is 


Division Correspondent 

We SALUTE the fine men who have 
recently passed service anniversaries with 
the Commission . . . S. M. Pressley has 
completed 30 years . . . R. L. Chew, W. 8. 
Sizer, J. R. Basinger, and L. A. Cooke 
have finished 25 years . . . Twenty-year 
emblems go to H. C. Kesler, W. L. Kesler, 
A. V. Safrit, J. D. Schenk, G. W. Baity. 
J. E. Caudle, W. G. Morris, T. T. Tuttlc. 
and W. J. Whicker . . . Fifteen-year 
awards were earned by W. C. Crews. 
W. L. Reavis, C. E. Echols, E. J. Lewis. 
Jr.. C. F. Graham, and B. J. Everhart . . . 
Ten-year pins go to J. T. Matthews, A. J. 
Harkcy, J. L. Walser, Dewitt Brown, E. G. 
Collins. R. A. Joyce. L. U. Riser. W. 8. 
Mitchell. O. G. McClamrock. Cero Smith. 
and 0. H. Wood . . . These men now have 
five years to their credit: J. B. Horn- 
buckle, W. W. Goode. Mack D. Hamm. 
D. R. Neal, R. B. Forrest. W. C. Lawson. 
A. 8. Ogburn, J. H. Bollinger, Jr., L. R. 
Curry, James Franklin, C. H. Heilig, 
H. A. Heilig, C. A. Kirk, M. L. Lowder, 
R. S. Oiven, K. R. Rusher, M. L. Thomas, 
Jr., G. W. Ashby, H. G. Bodsford, L. M. 
Bowles, E. H. Brown, J. W. Brown, J. P. 
Callahan, Avery Clement, Jr., J. L. Fulk, 
A. H. Hutchens, J. B. Ledford, K. F. 

Martin, W. A. Morton, J. A. Neal, J. N. 
Pegram, W. B. Ratledge, L. W. Sain, J. T. 
Smith, E. W. Story, A. E. Wall, F. A. 
Wall, and H. W. Wall. 

OFFICER Engineer Joe Lowry, his 
wife Pam, and little daughter Pam are 
ready to move into their new dream 
house which was recently completed. 

SICK LIST . . . Paul I. Grimes has been 
seriously ill since the first of the year 
. . . He's a member of W. 8. Sixer's engi- 
neering party at Lexington; we hope he 
is much improved . . . "Captain Jimmy" 
Morris, road maintenance supervisor in 
District Two, is much better and rarin' 
to get back to work . . . Shovel operator 
E. C. Caudle was out sick for several 
weeks . . . Foreman G. A. Crutchfleld re- 
turned to work in May after an illness of 
several weeks . . . J. H. Graham and R. L. 
McCrary. both suffering from broken legs, 
are home from the hospital; it will be 
some time before they return to work . . . 
Shovel operator H. I). Banner's daughter, 
Merlie Elaine, suffered a badly bruised 
arm when she got it caught in her 
mother's washing machine. 

A FREAK accident. May 24, in Walnut 
Cove claimed the lives of Herbert A. Hill, 
48, and Lemmie Tilley, 51 . . . Hill was 
killed instantly while Tilley died a week 
later from his injuries . . . Their truck 

Retired section foreman F. A. Dancy 
and his wife, W^adie W. Dancy, have set 
a marital record. They've been married 
64 years. Dancy is 83; his wife, 84. They 
were married February 9, 1890. He 
worked many years in the Eleventh 




When the Pitt County chapter of the 
NCSHEA held their quarterly meeting, 
June 4, in the Highway Garage at 
Greenville, Ada Briley and G. A. Taylor, 
Jr., entertained the group with a rendi- 
tion of "When You Wore a Tulip." 

After a barbecue chicken dinner, Pitt 
County health officer, Dr. Walter C. 
Humbert, told the group of the dire need 
for blood donors and called for volun- 

More than 150 highway employees, 
wives, and guests were present. Special 
guests were Mr. and Mrs. Otis Banks, 
Mr. and Mrs. K. R. Scott of Greensboro, 
Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Jenns of Kinston, 
Mr. and Mrs. P. L. Sasser of Burgaw, 
and Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Davis of Tarboro. 

K. R. Scott, past State president, told 
the group of the present retirement 
plan for highway employees. 

Records were used for five song and 
dance numbers. Pantomimists included 
Bratha Abee, Nettie Yohn, Bobby Wad- 
ford, and Billy Cannon in the "Secre- 
tary's Song;" Betty Credle and Johnnie 
Pollard in "A Porter's Love Song to A 
Chambermaid;" Lillian Catlett, Joe 
Clark, Inez Wilson, Lloyd Wilson, and 
L. C. Bunch, Jr., in "Bell Bottom Trou- 
sers"; E. D. Credle, Anne Askew, H. L. 
Briley and Marjorie Bailey were the 
dancing chorus when Ada Briley and 
G. A. Taylor, Jr., sang; and Bratha 
Abee, Nettie Yohn, L. C. Bunch, Jr., and 
Lloyd Wilson danced while Charles 
Yohn sang "Beale Street Mama". 

struck a manhole which threw the men 
onto the ground ... A car ahead had 
displaced the cover of the manhole . . . 
The truck wheel struck the cover in such 
a way to turn upward striking the 
housing on the rear axle . . . Two other 
men in the truck were only slightly 
injured ... To the families of Hill and 
Tilley goes our deepest sympathy. 

SYMPATHY also goes to Mr. and Mrs. 
Ralph Wright in the death of their infant 
son in March; Wiiylit is a road oil em- 
ployee ... To the family of J. M. Horn of 
Mocksville, former superintendent of 
Davie Prison Camp for 15 years and 
supervisor of prisons in the old Eighth 
Division, who died May 29, in a Winston- 

Salem hospital; he will be missed by all 
who knew him ... To the family of Clyde 
C. Poole who died May 27; he worked 
with the Highway Commission from 1931 
until 1950 when he retired on disability. 

MAINTENANCE Supervisor Fred Ever- 
hart of Davidson recently took himself 
a new bride . . . Many years of happiness 
to Fred and Mrs. Everhart. 

C. R. Boggs of District One upon the 
arrival of their new baby boy. 

JUNE GRADUATES . . . Becky Fitz- 
gerald, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. B. 
Fitzgerald, and Zeb Stewart, Jr., son of 
Mr. and Mrs. Zeb Steicart, just graduated 
from Reynolds High School in Winston- 
Salem . . . Becky plans to enter The 
Woman's College this fall; Zeb will go to 


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1 HE MECKLENBURG County chapter 
of the N.C.S.H.E.A. held a barbecue 
supper the night of May 27 . . . The meet- 
ing was held in the highway employee 
clubhouse in Charlotte . . . Guest speaker 
was Ben E. Douglas, head of the State 
Board of Conservation and Development 
... As a former highway commissioner, 
Douglas gave an interesting and informa- 
tive talk ... He presented service pins 
to the following men: Fred M. Barrier, 
15 years; Harry G. Long, H. N. Jamison, 
Fred B. Payne, and Henry F. Griffin, five 
years . . . Officers elected were Harry G. 
Long, Chairman; Floyd Penninger, Vice- 
Chairman; and Earl J. Brinkley, Secre- 

tary-Treasurer . . . The following dele 
were elected to the Unit Convent 
H. M. Burgin, J. F. Blythe, and H 
Shelton of Maintenance; G. T. Sti 
of Prison Department; Logue Mc 
Sign; Tommy Lemons, Bridge; and 
Staton, Construction . . . Mr. Bu 
reported on the effects of the pen 
Federal legislation on Social Securit 
it affects State employees. 

THE PARENTS of Syrella Pici 
stenographer in the division office, ei| 
tained some of her fellow employee) 
a luncheon in a cabin near their h 
... On hand for the June 4 luncheon \ 
M. E. Beatty, J. G. Bright, C. R. 8n, 
Mrs. Louise Whitley, Mrs. Raym 
Russell, W. T. Smith, and E. M. Fini 

VACATIONS . . . P. R. Ingold 
family spent a May week-end fishing f: 
the pier at Windy Hill Beach, South C 
lina . . . They returned with a fine c 
of spots, blues, and black bass; 1 
Ingold made the prize catch — a four 
one-half pound bass . . . P. P. Bi 
enjoyed several vacation days by relas 
at home . . . W. M. Croivder spent f 
days in April fly fishing in Valusia 
Lake County, Florida . . . E. J. Smith t 
his family to Myrtle Beach for a 
week-end . . . Mr. and Mrs. Claude Roc, 
spent some time in New Jersey when t 
attended the wedding of their daughti 

GET WELL wishes go to Superini 
dent L. W. McConnell of the Huntersv 
Camp who is convalescing from typh 
fever ... To Guard Sam Stillwell who 
been out sick ... To Jeff B. Williams 
Equipment in Charlotte who was 
pitalized twice in recent weeks . . 
Lorenc Ridenhour, daughter of Road 

Road maintenance supervisor E. H. AVebb of Brevard has a hobby — a beautil 
farm at Penrose which is operated by tenants. He is especially fond of his "peb 
two handsome horses. 

Webb started with the Commission back in 1927 as a superintendent in cc 
struction. In 1931, he was made a maintenance supervisor. For three years, he w 
district engineer of Polk, Henderson, Transylvania, and Haywood counties. Wh 
the divisions were changed, he was again a maintenance supervisor with hea 
quarters in Asheville. In his many years, he has worked in nearly all the weste 




,'lu'ii the Durham chapter of the NCSHKA had a barbecue 
21, Oscar Barker, Durham legislator, spoke. That's 

ter Irving on his left, Donnie Sorrell, on his right. Next 
irty Hudson and Charlie King were the men who cooked 
(barbecue for the meeting. Kirk Duncan joins his favorite 
rtet. From left, Wilson Tilley, Giles Crutcher, Duncan, 

Henry Alford. The last picture shows a group of Durham 

('()unt,\ inaint<'iiaii(c <'in|)l().\ •■<-s who attended the meeting. 

Also on hand were Auditor Sam X. Smith, I'ersonnel 
Director Karl Crump, Resident Engineer Karl Andriessen, 
Otis Banks, and E. K. Powe, Durham representative to the 
1055 Legislature. Dave Thomas, Haywood Goodwin, and 
Paul Mitchell came over from the Seventh Division. About 
125 members of the NCSHEA were present. 


man C. R. Ridenliour. who is recover- 
from pneumonia ... To Lee W. Wil- 
of Road Oil who was taking treat- 
ts in Durham for an old ailment . . . 

E. Garrison who suffered a heart 
,ck and was confined at home . . . And 
E. McWhorter who is recovering 
n both pneumonia and a heart ailment 
We hope that all these good people 
soon be well again. 
W. HOUGH is back on the job after 
;illness of three weeks. 
EST WISHES to the June Graduates 
J. B. Prulgen attended graduation 
rcises of his son. Jim, at Salisbury 
School . . . Road Oil Supervisor 
T. Sinith saw his daughter, Glenda, 
duate from Badin High School, May 
she'll soon enter a nursing school in 

I. B. SIKES of Road Oil has moved 
family into a new apartment in 

tion foreman, who was married to the 
ely daughter of Martin L. Smith . . . 

couple are marking their home in 
ion County. 

ASSISTANT Division Engineer and 
Mrs. J. E. Doughton are mighty proud of 
their daughter, Jody, who recently gradu- 
ated from Wilkes Central High School. 

DONALD KOONTZ, son of Road Oil 
Supervisor H. E. Koontz. was an elected 
delegate to Boys State which was held 
June 14 in Chapel Hill . . . Donald is a 
rising senior at Elkin High School. 

parents . . . Inspector WiUiam R. Pendle- 
ton and wife have a son. William B., who 
was born March 30 . . , Mr. and Mrs. 
Stewart Canter have a littie boy, Rex 
Barry, who was born April 7. 

SPEEDY recovery is wished truck 
driver T. C. Haiiser who burned his hand 
painfully ... J. C. Bray, gang foreman, 
who was recently hospitalized . . . Patch 
foreman W. D. Walsh who was sick at 
home for some time . . . Truck driver 
H. T. Staley who is convalescing at home 
from a recent stay in a Statesville hos- 
pital . . . Gang foreman J. B. Williams 
who is home now after being hospitalized 
. . . And <S'i'?n BuUis of the sign department 
who has returned from the hospital. 

IT'S GOOD to see motor grader operator 
G. C. White back on the job after a three 
week illness. 

THE J. H. COUNCILLS accompanied 
Commissioner and Mrs. Ralph Winkler 
to the meeting of the Highway Commis- 
sioners in Manteo, April 29 . . . They 
enjoyed a motor trip down the Outer 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the men, and 
the dates, who celebrated birthdays in 
July: William Thomas Duffey, first; John 
Lakin Goss, second; Clark Ellis, third; 
Arnold Spears, ninth; Frank Turhyfill. 
14th; Henry Carswell, 16th; Roy Baird. 
17th; and Paul James Freeman. 

BIRTHDAY wishes also go to these 
men who have birthdays in August: 
Russell Cornett, sixth; Earl Crittendon 
Norris, eighth; Wiley Thomas Bare, 13th; 
Gerald Ernest Dula. 13th; Fred Earl 
Edminsten, 15th; Andrew Jackson Baird. 
17th; David S. Faw, 20th; Dewey Mitchell. 
21st; and James Arvel Lyalls, 29th. 

SPECIAL wishes also go to Pete Justus 
on July 30 and John Ellis on August 
fifth for their birthdays. 


Division Correspondent 

toADSIDE table appreciated . . . 
rry County employees recently found 
i following note on a roadside table: 
hanks for the nice table . . . Wish my 
ends from Columbia, South Carolina, 
iild see how nice it is kept . . . Signed : 
•s. T. A. Denny of Columbia." 
MEMBERS of the N.C.S.H.E.A. in 
itauga, Ashe, and Wilkes Counties met 

their respective counties recently . . . 
,ch elected new offices . . . Each meeting 
is topped off by a delicious meal . . . 
atauga even reported a steak dinner! 

Tlie new Fifth Division sign shop wa.s rcicntly completed in Durham. The shop 
which cost about $18,000 provides facilities for sign-painting, storage and a head- 
quarters for centerline operations in the Fifth. Damaged road signs are repainted 
in the little building on the right. Fifth Division Sign Super\'isor Ben Wheeler is 
pleased with his new layout. Lloyd Cutting directed prison-workmen in building 
the shop. 

[JLY-AUGUST, 1954 



The Craven-Jones Chapter of the NCSHEA held their May meeting at the Neuse 
Manor on the Kinston Highway. The Stallings Brothers of Xew Bern graciously 
donated, free of charge, the whole upstairs of the Manor. The guests had a choice 
of barbecue pig, bar*jecue chicken, or a seafood platter prepared by Mr. and Mrs. 
Fred Rouse. Fred is a field mechanic at the District Two shop. 

Sibyl Smith, secretary-treasurer of the chai)ter, served as ni. c. It was Ladies 
Night. The group was entertained by seven children from the Rose School of 
Dancing in New Bern. From left above, Marilyn and Lewis Holt gave a brother and 
sister dance; Susan Gaskins, Donna White, and Priscilla Rose tap danced; and 
Jinimie Jones and Danny Kellum of TV fame tap danced. Jimmie's mother accom- 
panied on the piano all the children for their dances. The dances were thoroughly 
enjoyed by the group. 

Special guests were J. L. McDonald, J. G. Gibbs, E. D. Credle, Anne Askew, 
Bratha Abee, and "Sunshine" Waters, all from the Pitt chapter. 

THE ALLEN T. Whittingtons plus 
family have returned from an 18-day trip 
to the west coast. 

GANG subforeman R. W. Collins re- 
cently "robbed" his bees . . . The angry 
bees stung two of his valuable coon dogs, 
killing one . . . We live and learn. 

SYMPATHY goes to Supervisory Fore- 
man S. C. Holder in the recent death of 
his mother. 


Division Correspondent 


11 HEN the Farm and Home Week was 
held in June in Raleigh, Lois Barkley 
Knox was on hand to see her little 
country church, St. Paul's Evangelical 
Lutheran of Route One, Statesville, win 
a third place certificato and $50.00 award 
in a contest for the "Rural Church of the 
Year" in North Carolina . . . The contest 
for the Town and Church Development 
Program was sponsored through Emory 
University . . . Lois prepared a report in 
scrapbook form of her church's activities 
. . . More than 100 Tar Heel churches 
were in the competition. 

VACATIONS . . . Gang foreman "FelV 
Walker of Cleveland County took his 
family on a fishing trip to Carolina 
Beach . . . Maintenance supervisor J. J. 
Church and his family visited relatives in 
Scottsville for several days. 

RESIDENT engineer P. L. Cantrell 

attended his class reunion at North 
Georgia College at Dahlonega, Georgia, in 

GET WELL wishes go to Ed Traylor 
who is home from the Charlotte Hospital 
... To the wife of D. H. Spangler and the 
wife of Henry C. Hastings who were 
recently hospitalized ... To the two-year 
old son of J. E. Mayberry who was hos- 
pitalized after swallowing over 30 aspirin 
tablets ... To C. A. Matlock, veteran 
Alexander County employee, who was out 
three weeks after an operation ... To 

This delighted little lady is Karen 
I'oston, daughter of the Claude A. 
Postons of Shelby. Her dad, Claude, is 
an equipment employee. 

H. I. Tomlin who was hospitalized ' 
painful injuries after an accident wM'* 
a tire blew out on his truck . . . AndBi"' 
Mrs. John Bradl}urn and Mrs. C. ln' 
Honeycutt, wives of Iredell County il"' 
ployees, who were recently hospitalizedB^^^ 

BACK ON THE JOB . . . Iredell Couit j 
truck driver Roy Lee Harris is back a™!)|! 
a six week illness . . . Iredell CouM,, 
foreman J. B. Murdock has recoveiEft 
from a painful back injury . . . AnotM|j[ 
foreman, W. R. Tillery, is on the job a,tW 
an appendectomy . . . Clyde Boston, 
of Construction, is recovering from 
operation in April. Bipi 

WELCOME to new Road Oil employlpi; 
Lawrence Japies Adams, who came wK^, 
the Commission, May 1 ... To Coy Jc^nW^^ 
York who went on the permanent payrcM 
in April . . . And to Gaston Cecil RuparM 
District Two employee, who is on the jH 
after a two-year military stint. Iin 

DISTRICT Engineer P. D. Miller movl"' 
June 1, into his recently completed hoiM, 
on Holland Drive in Statesville. W 

NEW FACES . . . Lois Knox wlj 
excited over the birth of twins, May m| 
to her niece . . . Mr. and Mrs. R. R. rM 
of Lincoln County are the proud parenB' 
of a baby girl who was born April W 
... A son. Dennis Michael was born 
Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Biinton of StateviljP 
March 28 . . . The R. W. Connollys aP 
nounce the birth of a boy, Robert Jeronft 
April 26. ft 

THE FOLLOWING Equipment eil 
ployees recently received service pinl 
James Arndt Ballard and James Yatl 
Finger for ten years; Ray Carmy 8hoM 
James Lay Speigle, and Bliff William 
Rogers for five years. ■ 

SYMPATHY is extended F. E. Grey . 
Equipment in the recent loss of his wif 


Division Correspondent 


organized a chapter of the N.C.S.H.E.A 
May 14, at the Lake Tahoma Steak Housi 
. . . The following officers were elected 
Roger S. Franklin, chairman; Georg 
Prescott, vice-chairman; and A. L. Nea 
secretary-treasurer . . . After the meeting 
the group had a delicious steak supper. 

DISTRICT Engineer B. 8. Connelly g,m, 
his wife journeyed to Sanford, Florida 
for the wedding of their son, Bobby, t( 
Dorothea Fackett, May 1 . . . The youn; 
couple will live in Key West where Bobb: 
is stationed with the submarine brancli 
of the Navy. 

SPEEDY recovery is wished Mis. Dellc 
Banner, typist clerk in the District Tw( 
office, who has been sick since March . . 




laudc Owenhy and Harry M. Hani- 
r, Buncombe maintenance employees, 
have been out sick . . . And Kenneth 
■ and his daughter, Rebecca, who 
quarantined with the mumps. 

'mPATHY goes to Assistant Division 
'neer J. T. Knight in the death of his 
er, Mrs. Harriet Knight, May 19, at 
tiome in Asheville . . . And to Mrs. 
ell Thompson in the recent death of 
■ather at his home in Tryon. 

li.N TURNER, Division correspondent 
.Roadways, just received his five-year 
ice pin. 

ELCOME to Roland Peek, Madison 
ity maintenance employee, who is 
on the job after a four month 

employee, is back at work after a 
,c vacation in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

ion announce the arrival of a son, 
Wd Lee, April 18, at the Marion 
eral Hospital. 

iAY 7, the Buncombe County highway 
loyees met and organized a county 
jter of the N.C.S.H.E.A. . . . They 
ted the following officers: H. G. 
erts, chairman; Paul H. Clay, vice- 
iirman; and M. A. Compton, secretary- 


Division Correspondent 

SEVERAL employees had children 
duating from high school this year 
^ . Mrs. Edith Sutton, steno-clerk, is 
ud of her son. Bill, who graduated 
m Sylva Central High School . . . 
;hway inspector W. L. Jones had a 
ighter, Audrey, who also graduated 
m Sylva this year . . . Motor grader 
Tator Call Phillips had his share of 
I'itement this summer . . . His son. 

Guy, and daughter-in-law, Willa Jean, 
both graduated from McKee Training 
School at Cullowheo . . . Then his 
daughter, Clara Jo, graduated from 
Western Carolina College with a B.S. 
degree . . . The very next week Phillips 
became the grandfather of a baby girl, 
his first grandchild. 

MRS. DORIS HIGDON has returned to 
her work as a steno-clerk in the division 
office in Sylva after receiving her B.S. 
degree in business education from West- 
ern Carolina College. 

GET WELL wishes go to gang foreman 
G. W. Clayton, Sr., who was out sick for 
several weeks ... To truck driver 
"Bassie" Wells who was out sick for 
some time . . . And to R. C. Whitesides 
who was out six weeks after a heart 

THE FOLLOWING men retired July 
1: Gang foreman Grover W. Noland of 
Haywood County who received a 30-year 
pin and had been a gang foreman since, 
1941; T. W. Rogers of Haywood who had 
been with the Commission for 29 years 
and a gang foreman since 1945; Alonzo R. 
Chapman of Transylvania County who 
had been a truck driver since 1942; and 
Sam B. Allison of Transylvania County 
who received a 30-year pin and been a 
gang foreman since 1948. 

EMORY C. COX of Henderson County 
retired April 1, on disability . . . He 
suffered a stroke on the job while driving 
a truck . . . Fortunately he received no 
injuries from the accident . . . He's still 
partially disabled from the stroke . . . 
We wish him a speedy recovery. 

JAMES M. BAKER of Henderson 
County is back at work after an absence 
of four months. 

WEDDING BELLS . . . Lucille Lem- 
ming, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pink 
Lemming of Andrews, became the bride 
of John Raxter, son of gang foreman 
Woody Raxter of Andrews, May 15, at 
Blue Ridge, Georgia. 

They're mighty proud of the new road oil building which has recently been com- 
eted. It's located in front of the Edgecombe County prison camp near Tartioro. 
ley're especially pleased with the new stove in the right picture. 

Here are the results of a recent fishing 
trip on the James River near Richmond. 
Clifton Ball of Bahama was liost to the 
group. From left, Ball, and Kirk 
Duncan, Wilson Tilley, Walter IManguni, 
and Connie Vaughan — all highway em- 
ployees from Durham County. 

Park Dedicated 

A new roadside park near Claremont 
was formally dedicated Sunday, May 16. 
Judge Wilson Warlick was the dedica- 
tory speaker. The park was officially 
named Connor Recreation Park in ap- 
preciation of the property deeded by the 
Rowell Connor heirs to the Highway 

Judge Warlick paid tribute to the 
Catawba Historical Association, the 
Newton-Conover Chamber of Commerce 
and the Highway Commission for 
establishing the park and preserving the 
old Bunker Hill Bridge. He commended 
the Claremont Lions Club for sponsoring 
the dedication. Coyte Carpenter, the 
club's president, was master of cere- 
monies. Harry M. Arndt, superintendent 
of county schools, introduced the judge. 

The park is equipped with picnic 
tables, drinking fountains, outdoor 
ovens, and rest room facilities. There 
has long been need for such a park in 
the area. 

After the dedication, a picnic lunch 
was served. Among those attending were 
Mrs. Connor; Mrs. Bolick and her 
daughter, Raenelle; Commissioner and 
Mrs. June Scarborough; Mr. and Mrs. 
P. D. Miller; Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Corpen- 
ing; Mr. and Mrs. Ivey Curlee; and 
Joseph Graham, past highway commis- 
sioner of Iron Station, and Mrs. Graham. 




Traffic Engineer Robert Burch is 
mighty proud of his large plant in the 
office. He even has a piece of driftwood 
to serve as a trellis for the vine. It is 
one of the most unique potted plants in 
the Raleigh highvpay building. 


(Continued from page 2) 

Park says that any road construction 
within a city or town takes more time to 
plan as many existing facilities, e.g., 
drains, walls, steps, houses, sewer line, 
and poles must be skirted or removed 
from the right of way. The design work 
is more detailed since each obstruction 
must be allowed for. 

The first concern of a squad leader is 
to prepare plans for a field inspection. 
These partially-completed plans are most- 
ly in pencil as they are subject to frequent 
changes from unforeseen conditions. When 
the field inspection plans which usually 
take from one to three weeks to prepare 
are complete, prints are sent to the 
right-of-way department. Then the right- 
of-way engineers start contacting prop- 
erty-owners along the route to acquire 
the needed land. 

Federal Funds 

If federal aid funds are to be used on 
a project, the plans must go to the Bureau 
of Public Roads for their inspection and 
approval. A copy of the plans is sent to 
the division engineer dii-ectly concerned 
with the project. He goes over the pro- 
posed route on the ground and deter- 
mines if the plans are satisfactory. The 
men in the field make many recommenda- 
tions which may cut down on property 
damage. They also clear up any questions 
which arise from the notes. 

The field inspection takes from one to 
three weeks. If line shifts are recommend- 

ed, the field prints may be studied for 
some time. However, when the plans are 
returned promptly with few corrections 
or changes, the roadway designers may 
complete the final plans in one to two 

There's little lost motion in roadway. 
While the plans for one job are out for 
a field inspection, the roadway squad is 
busy on another project. Often, a squad 
will have three or four projects on the 
drawing board at one time. 

Set of Plans 

What makes up a set of plans? A usual 
set of plans contains a title sheet giving 
the exact location and description of the 
project, the length of the roadway, the 
number of drainage structures, an index 
of the sheets, the width of the right of 
way, and the conventional signs. 

Road design standards have changed 
with the times. Back in the twenties, a 
16 to 18 foot-wide road was considered 
a high type road. Today's standard pri- 
mary highway has a 24-foot-wide surface. 
The designers are guided by set and 
approved geometric standards. 

A typical section sheet gives the width 
and depth of the base and pavement, the 
width of the shoulders and ditches, and 
the slopes of the cuts and fills. In the 
mountains, the cuts must be deeper to 
catch the slope. Cuts are often 1:1 (one 
foot out to one foot down). In rock, the 
proportion may be Vi'.l. On fill slopes, it's 
often 11/^:1 and may go to 4:1. Designing 
a road with the correct slope reduces 
later maintenance and wash of the fill. 

Bid On Unit Price 

A summary of quantity sheet gives in 
detail the computations and locations of 
the various items required for the con- 
struction of a project. Bids are taken on 
a unit price for each particular item. The 
final estimate of how much the Commis- 
sion pays for a job is based on the work 
actually performed and the materials 
actually used. The unit price is the main 
factor in determining the final cost of a 
job. Roadway final estimate engineer 
M. C. McEwen, assisted by Jimmy Coiner, 
spends his entire time checking final 

A typical plan sheet is divided into two 
parts. The top half is usually drawn to 
the scale of one inch to 100 feet or one 
inch to 50 feet. Clearly shown are the 
center line of the roadway, the right-of- 
way lines, the curve data, the property 
lines, homes, buildings, woods, poles, con- 
necting roads, drives and all other topo- 
graphy along or adjacent to the project. 

The bottom half of a plan sheet con- 
tains the profile or side view of the 
center line and the proposed grade line. 
It is drawn to the scale of one inch to 
100 feet horizontal (across) and one inch 

to ten feet vertical (up and down).B 

bench marks, length and detailed desBJ 

tion of the various sizes of pipe culvB 

box culverts, and bridges are given. ■ 

amount of necessary excavation, emtB , 

ment and borrow quantities of earthw 

are given. 

Park says balancing the earth™ 

quantities is one of the main problenj 

roadway designing. His draftsmen 

designers must figure how much e 

to take out of one cut and put in aM^^wt 

Often the grade line must be adjustek.| 

avoid waste and reduce the cost. B 

A cross section sheet shows the I ^ 

and fills that are to be made at M 

station of 100 feet and at all breakB ^jj, 

the center line profile. When the pKj.j 

have been drawn and completed by K ^.g 

squad, they are turned over to the ett j^, 

draftsman and his assistant who carefm||j, 

check to see that the correct geomdK||jj 

standards, methods and office PractKj|,] 

have been used. When the chief drsm 

man gives his stamp of approval, IW|!^ 

makes a final review of the plans. V 


vSpecial Provisions Hit 
The plans then go to Roadway PlannBrk 
Engineer John L. Morson who is assisBlifi 
by A. L. Midgett, Bill Fulghum, and llei 
McMahan in preparing the proposals tm 
drawing up the special provisions. FiiBiii 
there the plans go to the reproducuftl 
room for blue printing. All blue printil 
micro filming and photostats of plans 
done in a specially-built room on the fl'i 
floor of the highway building. Paul Pel 
son guides the work of Charles LassitJ 
Earl Williams, Claude Sugg, and Raymcll 
Jones. I 
If the project has federal-aid particiB 
tion, prints and proposals go to 1|l 
Bureau of Public Roads for review, col 
ment and approval. I 
The project is now ready to be let I 
contract. For many years, lettings hal 
been held on the last Tuesday in tl 
month. The work is advertised for bil 
two weeks before the date of the letting! 



Now, I'm over the hill 

As the old song goes. 
My fingers no longer 

Can touch my toes. 
My breath grows short 

As I climb the stair, 
And the gravy drips 

On the vest I wear. 
My knuckles swell 

And my hairs grown thin. 
But I've not lost the will 

Nor the wish to grin. 




[Jew Maps Out 

The I'arsons, Biinkcilioff, H;ill and McDonald engineering lirni of Now York 
has been holding two-day sessions in each highway division. This picture was made 
at the first such meeting. Front row from left, J. J. Gilbert, L. I). Webb, T. C. 
liiverman, W. N. Spruill, D. \V. Patrick, G. K. 3Iack, and T. J. McKim. Standing, 
from left, F. R. Panse, Curtis Hooper, Dan Aherne, C. C. Morris, Roger Leech, 
Charles McCullough, all with the Parsons firm and A. E. Bevacqua, and James S. 
Burch. Already the teams composed of the New York engineers and the engineers 
from the Division of Statistics have held meetings in Ahoskie, Greenville, Wilming- 
ton, Wilson, Durham, Fayetteville and Greensboro. 

jJhe new highway maps, revised to 

Ij^l, are off the press and being distri- 
3d. If you want a new map, write 

lj lict to the Location Department, % 

,i^te Highway Commission, Raleigh. 

^ he maps which are free have been 
ited in black and white. There have 
a several changes since the last black 

I white highway maps were printed 


I'he new map has a panel on the 

erse side with detail sketches of Ashe- 


, e, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, 


^l|ensboro, Raleigh, Wilmington, and 

iston-Salem showing the streets over 

,.ch US and NC highways have been 


J ted. Another panel gives the size and 
ght laws of the State regarding trucks. 

16 1 

jjalties for truck weight overloading 
clearly spelled out. 


p,'he "rules of the road" and the State's 
ed limits are set out along with an 
ilanation of how the State Highway 
rol is using radar, special patrols, and 
n marked cars to check on traffic law 
sllators. Schedules of the State's toU- 
3 ferries are shown. A mileage chart 
iiws distances between 63 main towns 
nl cities. It's 543 miles from Manteo to 
t rphy. » 

'"en thousand of the new black and 
"ite highway maps have been printed. 


' (Continued from page 6) 

tional figures will be obtained, after 
plications come thru regular channels, 
id turned over to me for the personal 
lit to the applicant. I will, of course, 

this in company with the applicant's 
perior in that section. 
MISCELLANEOUS — Many ask why 
e 1-hour lunch in summer, why not 
atinue as in other months and get off 
rlier? This is long practice in hot 
iather; prisoners must have additional 
3t; officials feel the employees must 

the heat of the day have more lunch 
ne. Perhaps in the future, if law 
esn't prevent on account of prisoners, 
e officials will call for a vote among 
Id employees and see what they might 
r. P. D. Miller, on being voted most 
luable employee this year and to re- 
ive the McCrary Award; an outstand- 
g honor, well deserved! HAVE 
iked to be heard, to Mr. William Rod- 
fan, Chairman of the Committee on 
aorganization of State Government; 
el some changes in proposed reorgani- 

zation might affect us as employees, so 
have asked for hearing before proposals 
are made final for presentation to the 

RAMBLIN' — They tell me the only 
real cure for a bald head is — hair! 
Sounds logical. A monologue is a chat 
Ijetween husband and wife — conceit is 
a form of "I" strain that doctors can't 
cure — a man's horse sense deserts him 
when he begins to feel his oats — the 
honeymoon is over when a man eats 
onions whether his wife does or not. 
AND, one thing this country needs is an 
insurance policy written in ordinary 
English and in all large type. I'll be see- 
ing you! 

Otis Banks, Secretary 

Bennett Appointed 

State Prisons Director W. F. Bailey 
recently named Charles G. Bennett of 
Durham recreation supervisor for the 
State prisons system. He succeeds Fred 
Grigg who is now superintendent of the 
Butner Youth Center. 

Bennett had been employed by Erwin 
Mills for the past 17 years, most of the 
time as recreation director at Erwiii 
Auditorium. A native of Warrenton. 
Bennett is 4 9 years old. During his stay 
in Durham he was a popular figure in 
city-directed baseball, basketball and 
Softball circles. 

Bennett and Grigg played football to- 
gether at Duke. Grigg was captain of the 
Blue Devils in 1926; Bennett was cap- 
tain in 1927. 

Mrs. Smith Passes Away 

The Commission was saddened by the 
untimely passing of Mrs. Sam Smith of 
Raleigh, June 16. Funeral services were 
held at the Church of the Good 
Shepherd. The church was filled with 
the many sympathetic friends of the 
Smiths. The Rev. James McDowell Dick 

Mrs. Smith was the daughter of the 
late Walter Woollcott and Lula Thiem 
Woollcott of Raleigh. Surviving besides 
her widower are a daughter, Mrs. Robert 
H. Grady of St. Petersburg, Florida; a 
son, Walter L. Smith of Charlotte; and 
a brother, Philip Woollcott of Asheville. 
Three grandchildren also survive. 

Pallbearers were Larry C. Brinkley, 
R. A. Wadsworth, D. J. Jones, W. C. 
Calton, Martin Green, Cecil Stearns, 
Maurice P. Thiem, and Wharton G. 
Separk, Jr. Burial was in Oakwood. 

The grave was covered with a wealth 
of floral sprays and wreaths — a mute 
yet beautiful testimony to the respect, 
love, and deep sympathy felt by all high- 
way employees for Sam Smith. 

Open To Traffic 

The new four-lane highway which runs 
from a point on US 19 and 23 about 3.5 
miles northeast of Waynesville through 
Clyde into Canton has been completed and 
is now open to traffic. 

Work on the big road which is 6.59 
miles in length began in September, 1951. 
Approximate cost of construction has 
been $856,000.00. 

LY-AUGUST, 1954 



Commissioners Meet in Manteo 

In April the Commissioners met in 
Manteo and held their second out-of- 
Raleigh meeting since taking office in 
May, 1953. In line with the Governor's 
wish that the Commissioners should 
occasionally hold their meetings in 
different sections of the State to acquaint 
themselves Vv^ith the overall picture on 
roadbuilding in the State, the Commis- 
sioners met in Asheville last August. This 
past April, it was the turn of the Com- 
missioners in the East to show the pro- 
gress and problems of coastal roadbuild- 

Emmett Winslow, Commissioner of the 
First Division, along with the Dare 
County Commission was host for the 
meeting. Nine of the 14 Commissioners 
made the trip to Manteo. Commissioners 
Trask, Lockey, Lindley, Scarborough, and 
Hardison were not able to attend. 

The Dare County Courthouse in Manteo 
was the scene of the April 29 meeting. 
On hand to welcome the Highway Com- 
missioners were Melvin Daniels, Bruce 
Etheridge, Mayor J. L. Murphy of Kill 
Devil Hill, County Commissioners Lawr- 
ence Swain and Will Lewark, Leith Fear- 
ing, Tax Supervisor Fennel Tillett, Lost 
Colony Manager Dick Jordan, Dare Farm 
Agent R. W. Smith, B. H. Mann, Ira 
Spencer, T. 0. Sutton, John W. Midgett, 
and Aycock Brown, Dare publicity man. 

Winslow told the group that the High- 
way Commission recognized and hoped 
to solve the problems of the First Divi- 
sion. He cited the appropriation by the 
Governor of $750,000.00 out of highway 
surplus funds last year toward the con- 
struction of a long-wanted bridge across 
the Croatan Sound. 

Daniels assured the Highway Commis- 
sioners that Dare was glad they had 
come. He said Dare was growing and 
much of this growth could be attributed 
to the efforts of the Highway Commission 
across the years. R. Bruce Etheridge, 
State legislator and a former director of 
the State Department of Conservation 
and Development also welcomed the 
Highway Commissioners and expressed 
the appreciation of Dare for the Croatan 
Sound bridge appropriation. 

Highway Chairman Graham replying 
for the Highway Commission recalled 
that he had a hand several years ago in 
getting the Hatteras road started, and in 
building the new bridge over Roanoke 
Sound between Roanoke Island and the 
Outer Banks. 

The Hotel Carolinian in Nags Head 
was headquarters for the commissioners, 
wives, and division engineers. 

After a buffet luncheon Thursday at 
the Carolinian, the commissioners took 
a boat inspection trip to the location of 
the Croatan Sound Bridge. At the same 
time, the ladies were taken on a yachting 
trip around the sound. Before dinner, 
John Long, Julian Oneto, Ralph Swain 
and Lawrence Swain were accompanied 
by R. E. Jordan on the piano for some 
close harmony. 

The unseasonably cold weather moved 
the three-day schedule up a day. The all- 
day fishing trip originally scheduled for 
Friday was called off. Instead, commis- 
sioners, wives and engineers drove down 
the new Outer Banks road. They crossed 

the Oregon Inlet on the "Governor ij 
stead" ferry. They inspected the fine r! 
through Cape Hatteras National Seastj 
Recreational Area. 

Dare County entertained the group 
lunch at Scottie's in Hatteras. The Ch 
man and Commissioner Winslow sp 
briefly. Allyn F. Hanks, superintendent 
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Pe| 
explained plans for the park's deve 

The Chairman Caught 

A 50-lb. Ocean Drul 

On the way back up the Outer Ban 
the group stopped long enough to insp^ 
the road to the Hatteras Lighthouse a 
Cape Hatteras. That night many proi 
nent citizens of Dare and nearby count 
joined the group for dinner at the Ca 

Credit for a pleasant, informative ti 
goes to Commissioner Emmett Winso 
and the Dare County Commissioners. T! 
three commissioners from the moi 
tainous section of the State — W. Ral 
Winkler, J. Fleming Snipes, and Hail 
Buchanan — were on hand to see for the 
selves what bridges, ferries, and roa 
mean to the Outer Banks. 

Commissioners and Party Cross Oregon Inle 






)ad maintenance supervisor Paul Jud- 
Corpening began his highway work 
10, 1924, as a helper to H. B. Ander- 
who was then classified as a "highway 
olman." They worked on NC 18 from 
Burke County line to Wilkes County 
on NC 17 from Catawba to Watauga 
ty line at Blowing Rock. Those were 
days when they used a Liberty truck 
plete with solid tires for machining 
dragging the soil type or "clay" 
s. There were few hard surfaces 
. Corpening recalls that C. S. Currier 
ctionately known as "Pop") was dis- 
engineer at Winston-Salem and then 
in. In 1927, Corpening transferred 
he road oil department under super- 
J. C. Northcott. They worked in 
Winston-Salem, Marion, and Asheville 

1932, he was changed to an inspector 
worked first on Laurel River, Madi- 
County, and then in the Smoky 
ntains on a mixed-in-place job from 
Indian Reservation to Newfound Gap, 
nessee State line. His next work on 
)ad from Dellwood to Soco Gap gave 
an opportunity to see mountain 
itry "in the rough". In his words, 
e people, roads, and general conditions 
presented a far different picture 
11 what we see 20 years later." In 
, he was transferred to Shelby under 
new setup to work with H. E. Noell 
nspection. Later Corpening was mov- 
to Statesville and promoted to his 
;ent job as maintenance supervisor, 
orn December 22, 1899, on a Caldwell 
nty farm, he is the son of Albert N. 
Eola Tuttle Corpening. He graduated 
Q Lenoir High School in 1918 and 
1 attended Rutherford College from 
) to 1920. He was married to the 
tier Winnifred Hoyle, February 12, 
'. She was a South Carolina school 
her who had chosen to teach in the 

good Old North State. Today they live in 
Statesville and have one 15-year old son, 
Alexander Newton Corpening, who is 
named for both his grandfathers. 

Corpening has been an active member 
of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He 
conies from a long line of ancestors who 
have been high in the annals of the 
church as preachers and missionaries. 

He recalls, "there was no stock law 
during my first service in the mountains. 
While on a surfacing job from Lake 
Santeetlah to the state line at Deal's Gap 
in Graham County, we were bothered by 
livestock, particularly cows, coming down 
off the mountains at night. They decided 
the road was a good level resting place 
and would spend the night on same. The 
next morning, it took a heap of sweeping 
and cleaning to remove the natural re- 
sults before the contractor could apply 
the hot material. Cleaning up after the 
cows was a major problem then along 
with our constant lookout for rattle- 


Bill Newton started with the Commis- 
sion on a bridge crew back in 1922. 
Shortly he was given a section under 
John Lampley. He has been a section 
foreman ever since. In his 30 years of 
highway work he has worked on most 
of the main roads in Robeson County. 

Son of R. M. and Mary E. Newton, the 
foreman was born in 1894 in Hamlet. 
His wife is the former Mary Britt. They 
were married in Dillon, S. C. March 
10, 1917. Today they live at 113 White- 
ville Avenue in Luniberton. 

The Newtons are longtime members 
of the East Lumberton Baptist Church. 
They have five children: James H., 
Robert E., John E., Ruth G. Davenport, 
and Bertha Hayes. 

Newton is a member of Lodge No. 
114, A.F.&A.M. 


Bridge Maintenance and Construction 
Superintendent Guy Winston Moore of 
Fayetteville started his highway career 
back in 1923 when he came with the 
Commission as a rodnian. In 1930, he 
was promoted to junior resident engi- 
neer and worked on many important 
jobs, e.g., the roadway and structures 
from Goldsboro to the State Asylum, 
bridges over the Neuse River and South- 
west Creek at Kinston, bridge over the 
Neuse River near New Bern, the North 
River Bridge below Beaufort on Route 
10, and the Broadhurst Bridge over the 
Neuse River near Seven Springs. From 
193 0 to 193 4, he was a resident engi- 
neer. After a month's work on West 
Market Street in Greensboro, he was 
transferred to the Bridge Department 
on prison camp construction. Upon com- 
pletion of prison camps at Fayetteville, 
Rockingham, and Polkton, he was trans- 
ferred to New Bern where he helped 
build part of the Trent River Bridge. 

He was then sent to Greensboro to 
help build a large culvert over the east 
prong of Deep River. He returned to 
New Bern for work on the Trent River 
Bridge and approaches. Next, he super- 
vised the grading and sand asphalt 
paving of a job in Pamlico County. He 
then made locations in Bridgeton, New 
Bern, and Martin County. 

Moore is the son of William Samuel 
Moore and Emma Weathington Moore. 
After graduation from the PoUocksville 
High School, he studied engineering 
from 1918 to 1919 at the University of 
North Carolina. March 26, 1921, he was 
married to Hazel Ann Bender. They have 
one daughter, Lillian Leone Moore. The 
Moores are members of the Circle Court 
Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville; 
he's a deacon. Moore is a member of the 
N. C. Society of Engineers. He has been 
active in Boy Scout work. Moore is 54. 

Building Program Nears Completion at Woman's Prison 


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B. W. Davis was transferred this summer from State 
Equipment Engineer to State Maintenance Engineer. At the 
same time, Ivan Hardesty who was District Engineer of the 
First District in the Fifth Division, was named State Equip- 
ment Engineer. 

Both men liave many years experience in liighway worl? and 
are well-qualified for their respective positions. 

Hardesty studied civil engineering at N. C. State College 
where he also played football. He came with the Highway 
Commission in the Location Department in 1928. He spent a 
year in the early thirties in the Construction Department, 
then went into the Right of Way Department. January 1, 1950, 
he was promoted to district engineer, in charge of road work 
in Franklin, Vance, Wake and Warren counties. 

During World War II, he served in Europe as a colonel in 
the infantry. He was attached to the 30th and 84th Divisions. 
He entered service in September, 1940, and came out in 
February, 1946. He is now a colonel and regimental commander 
in the National Guard. 

He is a member of the First Baptist Church and the East 
Carolina Engineers Club. He is 45. 

Davis is a former president of both the N. C. Society of 
Engineers and the Raleigh Engineers Club. At present he is 
secretary-treasurer of the Southeastern Association of State 
Highway Officials. 

He holds a civil engineering degree from Alabama Poly- 
technic. During World War I, he served with the Field 
Artillery. He came to North Carolina in 1919 as assistant city 
engineer for FayetteviUe. In 1920, he joined the Highway 
Commission as a resident engineer and assistant division 
engineer stationed at Rocky Mount and Tarboro. 

For six years, he was with the Nash County highway 
department. He returned to the Commission when the State 
took over the county road systems in 1931 and has served since 
then as equipment engineer, maintenance and equipment 
engineer and State Maintenance Engineer. He previously 
served as State Equipment Engineer before the job was 
assigned to S. C. Austin and he was placed in charge of 
maintenance. He returned to the equipment engineer post in 
1951 when Austin left the Commission to become an officer of 
the Associated General Contractors. He is 59. 

Hardesty's old duties as district engineer were taken over 
by J. P. Brown, maintenance supervisor at Bunn for Wake 
and Franklin counties. 

^ca4'&i4c Ccfnmeht 

In a recent editorial, the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER said: 
"Whatever the outcome. Governor Unistead's call for road- 
side beautiflcation in North Carolina is breaking out all 
over with early promise. 


The dual-laning of US 70 between Durham and Raleigh is neari 
completion. Picture was made near the Raleigh-Durham Airport ro 
and shows how the new concrete highway branches out to allow ro( 
and sight-distance for the motorist going to and from the Airport. I 

Picture by Margaret Burk ( 

"Letters to Tar Heel editors and to the governor's of 
have been virtually unanimous in favor of the proposal, i 
offers of assistance have been made by a number of c 
organizations. j 

". . . the State Highway forces might well heed the d 
posal of Mrs. J. A. Odom that more care be taken in cla 
ing the rights-of-way for new highways and that exisu 
trees along the road be preserved wherever possible. 

". . . In any event, the campaign is well-conceived a 
the planning actively started. It just needs time to grow 

A Magazine for employees of the North Carolina State 
Highway and Public Works Commission 

Published Bi-Monthly By 
Raleigh, N. C. ' 








J. Emmett Winslow, 

Forrest Lockey, 





H. Maynard Hicks, 

James A. Gray, Jr., 


Snow Hill 


C. Heide Trask, 

James A. Hardison, 




M. E. Robinson, 

W. Ralph Winkler, 





June F. Scarborough, 




C. A. Hasty, 

J. Fleming Snipes, 



J. Van Lindley, 

Harry E. Buchanan, 



W. H. Rogers, Jr., State Highway Engineer : 

R. B. Peters, General Counsel 

Division Correspondents 

Shirley Callis, 

Edward C. Darden, 




Jasper L. Phillips, 

R. B. Fitzgerald, 



Irene L. Worley, 

Charles R. Smith, 





Wade Pridgen, 

Cora Lee McLean, 


N. Wilkesboro 

J. W. Jenkins, 

Jean Cline, 



Clara Moran, 

Dan Turner, 



P. L. Welch, 

C. J. Beck, 



Margaret Burk 

, Editor 


Officials and Engineers Attend Road Dedication 

A simple dignified ceremony marked 
e July 9, dedication of the new 6.15 
ile link of US 7 0 between Ridgecrest 
id Old Fort. 

Highway officials, engineers and civic 
aders gathered at the eastern end of 
e road at Old Fort. The ribbon cutting 
1 the new bridge was done by Joseph 
raham, highway commissioner of the 
d Ninth Division, when construciion 
as started on the road, and Highway 
hairman A. H. Graham. 

The motorcade then made an inspec- 
on of the road up to Ridgecrest. A 
icond ceremony was held on the steps 
f the administration building of the 
aptist Assembly. Mayor Earl W. Eller 
£ Asheville was master of ceremonies. 

The chief address was made by Supe- 
ior Court Judge J. Will Pless, Jr., of 
[arion. He stressed the importance of 
le road as a safety and economic factor 
nd praised the work of the engineers 
•ho worked out the plans and directed 
lie building of the road. He said it was 

magnificent piece of "imagineering." 
udge Pless expressed confidence that 
he new road would serve long and well 
nd that it would have a great influence 
■n that section of the State. 

Chief Locating Engineer R. Getty 
Jrowning discussed the engineering 
eatures of the new road, calling it one 
)f the major road building efforts in 
he country from the standpoint of the 
oughness of the territory traversed and 
he amount of earth moved. 

He praised the men of his staft" for 
literally hacking a road location out of 
a mountain wilderness. 

Robert Proctor, Marion attorney and 
State Senator, introduced Chief Engi- 
neer W. H. Rogers, Jr. 

He paid tribute to the cooperation of 
the Old Fort and Ridgecrest citizens 
with the Highway Commission. Rogers 
said the project was only three years 
old and that it would take time for the 
high fills to settle. He pointed out that 
with cuts and fills of that size, diffi- 
culties may be expected from slides and 
settling. Such problems, he said, are 
just part of the operation of such a 
highway and that they must be expected 
in gauging the value of the road. He 
praised the work of the engineers who 
planned and executed the project. He 
recognized the following highway engi- 
neers who were present: W. M. Corkill, 
J. T. Knight, J. H. Councill, J. D. Peek, 
R. J. Albert, E. R. McGimpsey, J. E. 
Terrell, D. B. Rike, W. W. Wyke, B. S. 
Connelly, George Baskerville, C. P. 
Reeves, George McKinley, J. H. 
Chappell, Arnold Crisp, Garland Lloyd, 
George Prescott, and L. E. Whitfield. 

Highway Chairman Graham said the 
project was neither equalled nor sur- 
passed anywhere in the United States. 
He praised the grading contractor, W. E. 
Graham and Sons of Cleveland, saying 
the firm was not only a contractor but 
a builder. 

He said many other sections of the 

highway system are outmoded and 
antiquated and because of this it is hard 
to carry out a successful safety program. 
He asked the group for their support 
and cooperation in a Statewide good 
roads program. 

Major C. A. Speed, director of the 
Safety Division, State Highway Patrol, 
said the new highway was designed to 
protect life and urged greater caution 
on the part of drivers. 

J. Fleming Snipes of Marion, Com- 
missioner of the Thirteenth Division, 
recognized Commissioners Harry Buch- 
anan, Ralph Winkler, and C. A. Hasty, 
at the luncheon that followed the cere- 
mony. Other participants in the dedica- 
tion were Mayor L. Riddle of Morganton 
and Dr. S. S. Cooley of Black Mountain. 

In commenting on the new road be- 
tween Old Fort and Ridgecrest, the 
literally an earth-moving project — this 
heavy grading and careful construction. 
Some years ago, R. Getty Browning, 
chief locating engineer of the State 
Highway Commission, made his first in- 
formal survey of the new route, going by 
foot over the six-mile stretch of valley 
and peaks. 

"On that mountain-climbing trip, the 
surveyor's vision took mental form 
that is now a great and serviceable 
reality to local communities, and to 
national visitors and interstate com- 

Above pictures were made at the picnic for supervisory 
personnel of the Eleventh, Thirteenth, and Fourteenth 
divisions which was held Friday, June 25, on Roan Moun- 
tain. Mr. and Mrs. John Ellis, on the left, were keenly 

interested in the picnic and did much toward its preparai 
"Miss Bessie" was serving roast beef. The second 
third pictures show the folks heaping their plates 
some of the delicious food. 

State Adds Two Boats 

This summer two new ferries were 
put ill operation on the Oregon Inlet. 
In June, the "Lindsay C. Warren", 
honoring the former First District Con- 
gressman of Washington, N. C, who 
recently retired as Comptroller-General 
of the United States, joined the "Gover- 
nor Umstead" in ferrying vehicles across 
the Oregon Inlet. 

Then in August, the "Conrad Wirth", 
honoring the director of the National 
Park Service, was put in operation. 
Each of the ferries has a capacity of 2 2 

The three new and modern LCU-con- 
verted ferry craft operate on the 15- 
minute water-link of the Nags Head 
Hatteras highway. 

The two newest vessels were named 
in honor of men who have been very 
active in the development of the Outer 
Banks from a state of isolation into a 
growing resort area. 

Roadside Group Meets 

The special committee on Roadside 
Planting held its first meeting August 
6, in Raleigh. The Governor opened the 
meeting by reviewing his ideas on tree 
planting. He said that he realized the 
job couldn't be done all at one time but 
would require careful planning. 

State Forester Fred Claridge offered 
tree seedlings which are available and 
suitable for roadside planting. 

Landscape Engineer Frank Brant said 
"we should take stock and find out what 
we already have in trees along the high- 
ways." He estimated it would cost be- 
tween $2,000 and $2,500 per mile to plant 
trees along existing highways. He com- 
pared that figure with the cost of selec- 
tive cutting and trimming of native 
growth which would be between $150 and 


$300 per mile. He felt any extensive tree- 
planting program should be uniform in 
standards though differing in type of 
trees planted in each section of the State. 
He didn't feel that chemical sprays as 
such (which have been used by utilities 
to kill roadside vegetation) should be 
abolished but he did urge discrimination 
and control in their use. 

Chairman Graham requested all utility 
companies to stop using poisonous sprays 
along the highway rights of way. He felt 
that indiscriminate killing of roadside 
vegetation should be stopped although 
selective spraying would be permissible 
in certain localities if approved by the 
highway landscape department. 

Mrs. J. A. Odom of Durham, represent- 
ing the North Carolina Federation of 
Women's Clubs, suggested leaving as 
many trees as possible when new high- 
ways are built. 

Also present and taking part in the 
discussion were W. E. Black, Jr., of the 
N. C. Utility Coordinating Committee; 
Mrs. R. N. Simms. Roadside Develop- 
ment Chairman of the N. C. Garden 
Clubs; Dr. J. B. Gartner of the State 
College Horticulture Department; T. B. 
Wilson; and J. A. Saunders. Commis- 

Four of the principals in the Old 
Fort-Ridgecrest Road dedication were 
Judge J. Will Pless, C hairman Graham, 
Chief Engineer Bill Rogers, and Joseph 
Graham, past highway commissioner. 

sioner Donnie Sorrell was the 
member of the special three-man c 
mittee on use of chemical sprays app( 
ed by Chairman Graham who could 
present. The other two members of 
special committee are Commissioi 
Emmett Robinson and June S 

The group will meet again be 
making definite roadside recomme 
tions to the full Highway Commission 

PicH/e Held Oh (^ca 

Mitchell County maintenance for 
held their annual picnic in the beauti 
rhododendron gardens atop Roan Mo 
tain, June 25. 

The picnic originated many years 
when the men. truck drivers and fot 
men who worked the road up to Cai 
Gap, ate their lunch together at the G 
Later county foremen and supervis 
were asked to join them. Next dist 
engineers were included. This ann 
affair grew to picnic size and about 
persons were on hand for this 

Avery County employees have par 
pated in the picnic for many years. Th 
have been generous in contribu 
cakes and pies. Mrs. John Ellis is alwa 
remembered for her delicious roast b( 

Fred Hollifield, Supervisory Foren 
in Mitchell, was chairman of arran 
ments. He and his maintenance for 
were important factors in the successf' 
picnic. John Ellis and Sid Connelly ac 
ed as hosts. The wives, of course, pr 
pared the food. 

Among the guests were Chairman ar 
Mrs. Graham from Raleigh, Commi 
sioner and Mrs. Snipes from Mario 
Commissioner and Mrs. Winkler fro 
Boone. The division engineers from tl 
Eleventh, Thirteenth and Fourteenth- 
J. H. Councill, W. M. Corkill, and G. ( 
Page — were on hand with their wives. 



D. Hinton, Superintendent of 
.man's Prison, and his assistant, 
len Reinhardt, have not only the re- 
msibility of running the prison on a 
hour, seven days a week security 
liis but the job of Iteeping the 300- 
) inmates busy in productive work. 
M the Woman's Prison there are 
ee inmate work programs: the com- 
rcial sewing room, the laundry, and 
farm operation. The main purpose 
the work programs is the production 
goods which may l)e used in the 
thing and feeding of prisoners. In 
iition to the great financial saving to 
; State, the work programs teach 
> inmate a useful trade which may 
alify her for a .iob after her release, 
'social rehabilitation is stressed as the 
son officials strive for a change or at 
.St modification of the basic social 
itudes of the inmates. It is an uphill 
d often discouraging struggle. How- 
3r, the average repeater rate (inmates 
io are released, break the law, and 
3 returned to Woman's Prison) is only 
per cent which is somewhat below 
3 men's rate of returnees. 
There is a well-organized system of 
ocessing each new inmate. She is in- 
viewed, given a physical examination, 
d then classified for work according 
her ability and past experience. 

Coiinnercial Sewiuji lto<»»' 

About 75 inmates work in the big, 
ill-lighted commercial sewing room. 
,e most modern cutting and sewing 
achines hum as the girls turn out the 
isoner and guard uniforms— enough 
, clothe the entire State prison popula- 
!)n of over 10,000! Jesse Self, super- 
sor of the commercial sewing room, 
rects the work of the girls. 
Under the direction of a matron, 
lother 68 girls work full-time in the 
ison laundry. There they wash and 
on all the uniforms for both inmates 
Id guards not only at Woman's Prison 
id Central Prison but also for eight 
ad camps. Even though the laundry 
crowded and outmoded in many ways, 
e girls turn out an average of 75,000 
)unds of laundry each month! Prison 
iicials hope to have a new laundry 
ant some day which would better this 
;Cord by stepping up the production 
Id efficiency by a more orderly assem- 
ly-like arrangement of machines. 

Farm Operations 

Farm foreman J. W. Perry directs the 
iirming operation at the prison. Under 
is guidance, wheat, barley, oats, pota- 
)es. beets, cabbage, peas, onions, 
irnips, corn, cucumbers, cantaloupes, 


Running Woman's Prison is 24-Hour Job 

watermelons, field peas, and pumpkins 
are grown. Under the supervision of a 
matron, some 3 5 to 4 0 girls, with farm 
backgrounds, help in the hoeing, chop- 
ping, and gathering of the produce. 
Another 20 girls work in the small 
prison cannery where the vegetables 
are canned. Six steers wire fattened this 
summer on prison pastures while 60 
pigs were also raised. Every eight wee'.vs. 
about 4,000 chicken biddies from a 
commerical hatchery are brought to the 
prison. The fryers are fattened till they 
weigh about 2 to 2V2 lbs. dressed. 
The layers produce about 240 eggs daily. 
There is even a rabbit raising program 
which mushroomed from a pair of white 
New Zealand rabbits. 

The farming operation at Woman's 
Prison has been so successful that 
enough food has been raised and canned 
to feed not only the inmates and staff 
there but also other prison units. 

Beautif.v (Jrounds 

About 20 inmates maintain and beau- 
tify the prison grounds by mowing, 
weeding, hoeing and watering the grass 
and flowers. The neat grounds prove 
the value of this work. 

Some 16 girls are brought into 
Raleigh early every evening to clean the 
offices of the prison department and the 
offices in the new highway building. 

Another 30 girls work in the prison 
kitchen on the preparation and serving 
of meals. The long wooden tables and 
benches usually found in road camp 
dining rooms have been replaced with 
tables and chairs for four. 

About 18 girls are assigned to house- 
keeping work, cleaning the inmate living 
quarters (cell blocks used long ago for 
a men's road camp which have since 
been converted into dormitories for the 
women) . 

Other inmates work in the 1,000- 
volume library, small beauty shop, little 
sewing room, and craft room. Each girl 
in alphabetical order is entitled to one 
free shampoo and set each month. In 
the little sewing room, several girls 
make the trim blue cotton inmate uni- 
forms. In the craft room, the girls 
learn to weave, braid rugs, and do 
leather work. This has proved of 
therapeutic value to some of the girls. 

A small commissary is operated by 
and for the inmates. Handicraft ma- 
terials, toilet articles, candy, etc., can 
be purchased by the girls. Any profits 
go into the welfare fund for educational 
and recreational purposes. 

After work-hours and on week-ends, 
the girls can attend literacy classes 
stressing the fundamentals of reading 
and writing. With the recent addition 
of five typewriters, some 2 5 girls are 
learning to type. A Wake County repre- 
sentative of the Red Cross has given 
some of the girls a home nursing course, 
A course on mother and child care was 
completed earlier. Two choirs have been 
organized; about 60 girls participate. 
Besides furnishing music for the weekly 
church services, the choirs have appear- 
ed on both radio and TV programs. 

Big Construction Prof-rani 

A much-needed construction program 
was started several years ago at 
Woman's Prison. Since then, a new 
central heating plant, the commercial 
sewing room, and an administration 
building have been completed. 

Hinton and Miss Reinhardt have 
offices in the administration building 
along with Mrs. William Cannon, social 
rehabilitation counselor; Mrs. Helen 
Southerland. interviewer; Mrs. Emma 
Anderson. l)ookkeeper; Mrs. Elizabeth 
(Continued on page 5) 

The top personnel at Woman's I'rison are, from left. I. I), Hinton, Superin- 
tendent; Mrs. Kmnia Anderson, bookkeeper; Mrs. Elizabeth Brown, stenographer 
and records clerk; Mrs. Until CJreen, receptionist; Miss Helen Iteinhardt, Assistant 
Superintendent; Mrs. William Cannon, social reliabilitation counselor; and Mrs. 
Helen Southerland, Interviewer. 


N.C.S.H.E.A. Association News 

Vol. 4— Edition 9 

September, 19S 


SEPTEMBER 23, 34, 25, 1954 
Headquarters: Hotel Robert E. Lee — 
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 

9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. — Registration, 
Lobby of Hotel — all dele- 
gates report to Credentials 
Committee for certification 

Committee Meetings: 

1:30 P.M. — Finance Committee — • 
Room 102 (report to GBC 
afternoon session) 

3:00 P.M. — General Executive Com- 
mittee — Salem Room 
Other Committees to meet 
on call of Chairmen; Nom- 
inating Committee meets 
Saturday morning 


8:00 A.M. — 9:00 A.M. Registration, 
Lobby of Hotel 

9:00 A.M. — Convention convenes, 
Balinese Roof — Mr. R. B. 
Fitzgerald, Presiding 
Song "America" by entire 
group — Mrs. Louise 
Franklin of Gastonia, 
Pianist Invocation 
Introduction of Hon. Mar- 
shall Kurfees, Mayor of 
Winston-Salem — Mr. Fitz- 

Address of Welcome — The 

Response to Welcome — 
Miss Florins Boone, LTnit 

Gavel to President Fred 

Highway employees use a iW \ S' 
drier with low pre.ssure burner to heat 
cold patch .sand asphalt. After being run 
through the drier, the sand asphalt i.s 
ready for use in patching. Picture shows 
work along the new road down the 
Outer Banks. 

Biggerstaff, Presiding — 
Mr. Fitzgerald 
Roll Call — Secretary 
President's Annual Ad- 

Reading of Minutes, 19 53 
Convention — Secretary 
Annual Report of Secre- 

Reports of Committees 

10:00 A.M. Address by Mr. Earl Crump 
(PP), Personnel Director, 

"The Survey and Classi- 
fication of Maintenance 

10:30 A.M. — Convention Business 

12:30 P.M. — Adjourn for lunch 

1:00 P.M. — Luncheon, Ballroom — all 
delegates and wives 

Gov. William B. Um- 
stead, Hon. A. H. Gra- 
ham, Honor Guests 

2:30 P.M. — Convention reconvenes, 
Balinese Roof 

3:30 P.M. — Safety Program — Mr. 

James E. Civils, Safety Di- 
vision, State Highway 

4:00 P.M. — Convention Business con- 

5:00 P.M. — Adjourn 

7:30 P.M. — Banquet, Ballroom — Mr. 

Ben Douglas, Principal 

10:00 P.M. — 1:00 A.M. — Dance and 
Entertainment, Balinese 

Music by Reg Marshall 
and His Orchestra 
Entertainment — "Pan 
Handle Pete" of Asheville 
(TV and Radio Star) 
Square Dance for 1 Hour 
— Music by "Pan Handle 
Pete" and his Boys 

8:00 A.M. — Nominating Committee, 
Breakfast Meeting in 
Salem Room 

9:00 A.M. — Convention reconvenes, 
Balinese Roof 
Song "Faith of Our Fa- 
thers", entire group 

10:00 A.M.- 

-Address, Mr. W. ] 
Rogers, Chief Enginei 

10:15 A.M. — Address, Mr. William 
Bailey, Director of Prise 

10:30 A.M. — Report of Nominatii 
Election and Installati( 
of Officers 

Adjournment Sine Die 

Shopping Tour individually 
Tour of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Facto 
available for all who desire the tr, 

1:00 P.M. — Guests of Association 
Luncheon, Hotel Robert 
Lee Ballroom 

7:30 P.M. — Annual Banquet, Bal 
room (tickets obtainab 
at registration desk) 

10:00 P.M. — Dance and Entertainmen 
Balinese Roof 

SIGNS INDICATE this will be o\ 
biggest and best Annual Convention, 
will be necessary to stipulate our legisl 
five program at this time, and all resoli 
tions should be submitted for prop( 
consideration. We anticipate as large 
membership this year as last, and loc 
forward to a most successful year. Tl 
help of every person is needed to man 
tain our gains and to continue to g 
forward — let's all be a part of yoi 

Up in Avery County, NC 194 pass* 
the home of Tom Shook, a truck driv« 
in the Eleventh Division, three time 
His home which is located right in th 
bend of the road is just above Vail 





i Mr. and Mrs. John Reeves of Mt. Airy 
ive a champion in the family. Their 
in, Jimmy, won Winston-Salem's Ninth 
nnual Soap Box Derby in the Bowman 
ray Stadinm Jnly 7. 

Young Reeves, the Class A (13-15 
5ars old) champion, nosed out Class 
Champ (11-12 years old) Bobby 
;tzer of Rural Hall in the 51st and final 
Bat of the evening. 

It was the fourth time the 15-year 
d Granite City lad had entered the 
;hoolboy racing classic in Winston- 
alem. He was the Class A runner-up 
St year. 

The junior champ was sponsored by 
. C. Penney Company of Mt. Airy. He 
,as presented the T. H. Keating award 
id received an expense-paid chaperoned 
•ip to the national soap l)ox derby in 
'kron, Ohio, August 15. 
I His father is a mechanii' with the 
lonimission in Mt. Airy. 


(Continued from page 3) 

trown, stenographer and records clerk; 
lid Mrs. Ruth Green, receptionist. There 
ire three visiting rooms with informal 
roupings of modernistic chairs and low 
lables where the girls can talk with 
heir families and friends on visitins 
iiundays, a small lobby with the main 
elephone switchboard and a glass-en- 
losed show case where the prison-made 
liandicrafts are displayed. 

Two brick-faced cottages were com- 
pleted this summer. Each one-storey 
milding has a spacious reception or 
iving room with a fireplace at one end 
nd a matron's room at the other. The 
\ings, with bedrooms for IS girls in 
■ach, branch off the central reception 
oom. Each private room will have a 
led, desk, chair, and a built-in wooden 
lothes locker. All the rugs and drapes 
n the cottages have been woven and 
nade right there by the girls in the 
■raft room. 

The recently-completed 500-seat audi- 
orium is a handsome structure made of 
ireproof concrete block and brick. There 
vill 1)6 several classrooms in the wings 
)f the 17()x62-foot auditorium. Nights 
ind week-ends, the girls can gather for 
iiiovies, community sings, and programs. 
AV. F. Moody, supervisory and construc- 
tion engineer for the Prison Depart- 
[inent, along with B. W. Fields, super- 
;visor, and J. B. McKinney, foreman, 
have directed skilled male prisoners in 

the building of the honor cottages and 

The equipment and maintenance fore- 
man at Woman's Prison is Harry 

Seconds after iiictiire was made the 
lace of the quarry crumbled to the 
^rouud. The spectacular blast took place 
."May 2«, at the Woodlawn Quarry. 

To set ott' the bif{ blast, ten holes six 
inches in diameter an<l l(i5 feet deep 
were drilh-d with well drilling e<juii»- 
meut. The holes were s|)aced ou 121 foot 
centers and about 20 feet from edge of 
the quarry face at the toj). There was a 
sliftht slope on the face which meant a 
larger lift at the bottom. 

The holes were loaded with a total of 
17.«2,"> lbs. of 00 per cent and 70 per 
<'ent, Hercules gelatin powder. Each 
stick was five inches in diameter, 25 
inches Ion};, and weighed 2.'j lbs. 

The charges Avere connected with 
Hercuh's i)rinier cord in series with 
seventeen ten thousandths of a secon<l 
delays. This caused holes one and ten 
to fire first, then two an<l eight, etc. 

.\ single blast brought down an esti- 
mated {).">, 000 tons of stone which was 
well broken. It conld he readily handled 
with (he shovt'l to ho cai'ried to the 
crusher. Qiiarrj foreman I J. Jj. Carpen- 
ter was in chai'ge of the drilling, shoot- 
ing and crushing. Kngineers of the 
Hercules Com|)any sujiervi.sed the load- 
ing of tlie charge. 1{. F. ISarnes is fore- 
man in charge of sto<'kpiling, weighing 
and sliip]iing. 

Stone from the Woodlawn <juarry is 
used for maintenance ou roads in the 
Thirteenth Division. 

Tourist Maps Out 

The handsome new colored tourist maps 
for 1954 are being distributed. Many 
changes and improvements have been 
made over last year's colored highway 
map. There's a smart new cover which 

features a costal boating scene and a 
bird's eye view of the Blue Ridge Moun- 

Special attention was given to the neat 
fold of the map. It was especially folded 
to make it much easier and more con- 
venient to handle. 

One outside panel titled "North Caro- 
lina Welcomes You" cites the 68,000 miles 
of State-maintained roads of which 32,200 
are hardsurfaced. 

US routes are shown in red, NC and 
paved routes in black. The Blue Ridge 
Parkway is outlined in green. There's a 
new mileage log giving the distances 
between Tar Heel cities. Another legend 
gives the approximate mileages from 
Raleigh to San Francisco. 3,056 miles; 
and Miami, 855 miles. 

On the reverse side of tlie map are 16 
brand-new colored pictures showing such 
tourist attractions as Grandfather Moun- 
tain, Biltmore House. Bridal Veil Falls, 
Duke University Chapel. Pinehurst Golf 
Course, Wright Brothers Memorial, Lake 
Waccamaw, an ancient shipwreck at 
Nag's Head. Atlantic Beach. Hatteras 
Lighthouse, Airlie Gardens. State Fair 
Arena, Horseback riding in the dogwood 
season, Blue Ridge Parkway. Rhododen- 
dron on Roan Mountain, and basket 
weavers on Cherokee Indian Reservation. 
In the center are sketches of the State 
Flag, the State Seal, the State Flower 
(Dogwood), and the State Bird (Car- 
dinal ) . 

Some 200.00(1 of the maps have been 
printed. They are free and may be ob- 
tained by writing the Location Depart- 
ment in Raleigh. 

The new map was prepared under the 
direction of Chief Locating Engineer R. 
Getty Browning and his assistant. Bill 
Hampton. C. M. Sawyer was the carto- 

Johnston Appointed 

T. C. Johnston was recently named 
Assistant Division Engineer in the 
Eighth Division. He replaces A. J. "Red" 
Hughes who was transferred to the 
bridge department in Raleigh. 

Johnston has been with the Commis- 
sion for the past 3 0 years. He has served 
ill various divisions in the State. A 
native of Burlington, he went to Ashe- 
l)oro 13 years ago from Tarboro as 
senior Right of Way Engineer. 

He studied engineering at State Col- 
lege for three years. His wife is the 
former Belle Batheson of Lexington. 

In the Bridge Department, Hughes 
will be in charge of issuing hauling per- 
mits for special vehicles and loads and 
keeping records of bridges on the 
county road system. 




A. G.C. Gives Barbecue for Highway Employees 

The Associated General Contractors of the Carolinas gave 
their annual barbecue for highway employees, July 28.- 
Delicious chicken and pork barbecue was the fare; dancing, 
boating, and shuffleboard were the entertainment. It was a 
fine get-together and appreciated by all the highway work- 
ers. All the pictures are identified from left to right. 

1.) Joe and Pam Connelly, Annie Ruth Sugg, R. J. Roy, 
Wilkins Cagle, Bobby Hayes, I'eggy Smith Hryan, Kay 
Satterwhite, and Cliarlie Biggs. 

2. ) R. Getty Browning, R. \V. Snell, Cecil Stearns, and 
Gilliam Johnson. 

3. ) George McKinley, Bill Hampton, W. S. Winslow, 
Virginia Hassinger, Tom Burton, Joe Yates, Gregory Poole, 
Elizabeth Hayes, Bill Rogers, Avis Knight and Ivueeling, 
Bob Austin, our A. G. C. host. 

4. ) J. E. Thompson, Bob Burcli, T. B. Gunter, Jr., W. E. 
Hawkins, and W. M. Corkill. 

5.) Betty (Mrs. John) Graham, Elizabeth (Mrs. W. HI 
Huglies, Mrs. A. H. Graliam, and Elizabeth Hayes. 

0.) Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Critcher, Mrs. Joe Lowery, aii| 
Joe Lowery. 

7. ) Jewel Kidd and H. K. Witherspoon. 

8. ) George ^IcKinley, Fleming Snipes, and Bob Austii|| 
0.) Bobby Hastings and Joycie Smith. 

10.) Ralph Winkler, Governor and Mrs. Umstead. Stanc 
ing, Frances and Ed Rankin. 

11) E. O. Brogden, Dot Medlin, and Willis Hooper. 

12. ) Margaret Burk and Ken Wooten. 

13. ) Commissioners Emmett Robinson, Harry Buchanaill 
Jim Hardison, Chairman Graham, June Scarborougl| 
Fleming Snipes, Gus Hasty, Governor Umstead, Emmetj 
Winslow, and Maynard Hicks. 

14. ) Anne Winslow and Austin Bridgeford. 

Turnpike Survey May Be Made 

At the July meeting of the Highway Commission, Orton 
Boren of Greensboro and chairman of the North Carolina 
Turnpike Authority, told the group an origin-destination 
survey was needed to determine if a toll turnpike through 
the Piedmont section of the State was feasible and practical. 


The Commission voted to ask the Governor and the Council 
of State to approve the survey provided Virginia makes 
similar study. 

The North Carolina turnpike would run from the Charlotte] 
Gastonia area diagonally across the State to the Virginia lim 
near Mt. Airy. The Virginia Turnpike, if built, would thei 
connect the North Carolina road with a turnpike now nearinf 
completion through West Virginia. 





Division Correspondent 


1 HE ASSISTANT division engineer, 
D. Miller, is still out due to illness . . . 
'e certainly hope he will soon be back 
1 the job ... In the meantime, J. J. 
ilhert. district engineer at Plymouth, is 
:mporarily taking over the duties of 
jsistant division engineer. 

W. F. SESSOMS has taken Gilberfs 
ace as district engineer at Plymouth. 

SYMPATHY is extended to the family 
f U. R. Grant who died July 18, after an 
^tended illness . . . Mr. Grant was a 
lachine operator in District Two. 

. T. Speight upon the birth of a boy, 
ugust 3 . . . The Speights have two little 
iris also: Anne Powell, eight, and 
henda, five . . . Mrs. Speight is the 
)rnier Betty Spruill. daughter of Division 
ngiiieer and Mrs. Spruill. 

H. P. KING, Road maintenance super- 
isor. retired August 1, after 33 years of 
lervice with the State . . . His fellow- 
niployees miss Mr. King and hope he 
'ill enjoy his well-earned leisure. 


I Division Correspondent 

' Good luck is wished Mr.s. Dot 
^Iduard.s, stenographer in the Washing- 
on office, who resigned July 19, to accept 

nother position . . . Grace Fogleman 

eplaces her temporarily. 

BIRTHDAY wishes go to F. L. Joyner, 
J. F. Phillips, L. W. Rowe, G. P. Sanders. 
R. M. Spear and W. P. Whitley. 

VACATIONS . . . P. L. Fields motored 
to Newport News to visit relatives as 
well as to see other parts of the State 
. . . The Carl Ahees spent a delightful 
week at Kure Beach . . . Anne Asketc had 
a lazy sojourn at Atlantic Beach . . . The 
J. L. McDonalds spent a long week-end 
sightseeing in the mountains of western 
Carolina . . . Thelnia E.rum, secretary to 
the division engineer, has returned from 
a two-week vacation in Washington, D. C, 
and Maryland . . . Hazel Baker, steno- 
grapher in the division oflfice, spent two 
weeks in the Virginia mountains . . . 
District Engineer Heber Gray of Kinston 
and his family toured part of Virginia 
and Maryland over a long week-end; they 
visited many old historical homes and 
plantations and report an interesting and 
pleasant trip . . . L. E. (Pee Wee) Daioson 
spent a restful week at Atlantic Beach 
with his family; he said the week didn't 
last long enough and it was an effort to 

leave all the bathing beauties at the 
beach and return to work ...C.I. Lucas 
and his family visited his mother and 
friends in Reading, Pennsylvania, during 
the first two weeks in July . . . John 
Adams planned to make his annual vaca- 
tion trip to the mountains to visit his 
S4-year old mother, the last of July; he 
has a back ailment and the doctor may 
have advised him not to travel. 

SYMPATHY is extended to /. B. Dawson 
in the death of his father ... To Robert 
Merritt in the death of his father . . . 
To H. L. and J. L. Briley in the death of 
their brother, Jenness ... To J. L. Mc- 
Donald in the deaths of his uncle and 
cousin . . . And to Mrs. P. A. Jenns in the 
death of her mother, Mrs. J. E. Johnson 
of Washington, D. C, July 18. 

WE HOPE the little grandchild of 
■John Hinnunt has improved from a seri- 
ous heart operation in Duke Hospital; 
Hinnant is road maintenance supervisor 
in Greene. 

L. C. BUNCH, JR., and (7. L. Gray have 
been on the sick list recently. 

work. At left, she shows gift in lier crystal pattern to Bonnie Wall Broadwell, a 
recent bride. Barbara was married to Walter Schacht, July 3. They've set up 
housekeeping in Leaksville. 




If jou want to sec Buck Taylor's f'aco 
liS'ht lip, }ivt him to tell you about his 
little two-yeai' old jiranddaiighter, 
Stuart Anderson Tayloi-, pietured above. 
Stuart is tlie daufthter of Mr. and Mrs. 
C. 15. Taylor, .Ir., of Clinton. 

L. E. (PEE WEE) Dawson's many 
friends will be glad to know that he has 
recovered successfully from a recent 

WE WERE SORRY to learn that the 
E. M. Woolarrls' home was recently 
damaged consideral)ly liy fire. 

NEW FACES . . . The .7. T. Tij.sons 
announce the birth of a daughter, Mar- 
garet Elaine, July 8 . . . Mr. and Mrs. 
R. (I. Gregory announce the birth of 
another son, James Edward, June 18 . . . 
He weighed seven pounds, four ounces; 
his dad is dihh.'i' assistant in Right-of- 

THE C. R. GOLDS have recently moved 
into their beautiful new home in Winter- 


Division Correspondent 


Clinton office holds a record for loyalty 
. . . For the past 25 years, Mr.s. Minnie 
May Sniitli has served every Sunday as 
organist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 

DISTRICT Engineer R. A. Ashwortli 
took his wife and daughter. Marie, to 
New York when he attended the Lions 
Convention. July 7-10. 

GET WELL wishes go to stenographer- 
clerk Charlotte M. Wallace, who is con- 
valescing from an operation . . . To Mrs. 
W. C. Cooper, wife of the resident engi- 
neer, who was in the room next to Mrs. 
Wallace at James Walker Hospital . . . 
And to T. T. Carroll, road maintenance 

supervisor, who was lecuperating at 

THE P. T. SIMMONS are the proud 
parents of a brand new baby girl. 

SECTION foreman H. A. Sessonis who 
was out sick in June was all prepared to 
return to work July 1, but he was in an 
automobile accident the very day before; 
this considerably delayed his return to 


Division Correspondent 

Service awards . . . WUne Eman- 
uel W(i(/ner of Littleton was recently 
presented an emblem for 30 years of 
highway service ... A. L. Anderson. 
James Henry Carroll. A. C. Harlow, and 
'/Aick Elislia Mohorn were recently award- 

C. J. IJeek, liis wile and ,^<)Ullf^ daiif;h(er 
were among' the group of hij>liway folks 
who attended the picnic on Roan Moun- 
tain in June. Heck, a division corre- 
spondent for ROADWAYS, is o f f i e e 
engineer in the division oftiee at Sylva. 

ed 20-year pins . . . Ten-year pins went to 
B. F. Adams. P. G. Gale, William Bryant 
Little, R. B. Spain, and David Fate 
Thigpen . . . The following folks recently 
completed five years of highway service: 
Murray Thomas Brady. R. V. Brett, 
Wilson Edmondson , Elmer L. Everette. 
Suiter L. Harlow, James Kinchen Jones, 
Lonnie L. Morgan, Robert Willis Nowell, 
Jesse C. Parker. lAither Walters, Jr.. and 
James M. Williams. 

SUMMER vacations . . . M. A. Robert- 
son. Maintenance Supervisor of Tarboro, 
recently spent some time in Atlantic 
City . . . Ralph Willis took his family to 
visit friends and relatives in Asheville 
and then a motor trip through the Blue 
Ridge Mountains . . . Mr. and Mrs. W. L. 
Kenrp and their son, Bill, spent a week 

in July visiting in Rochester, New Yorh 
Niagara Falls and other points of intei 
est . . . Bon Woodard of Equipment re! 
cently took a week vacation . . . Burret ^' 
Connor, sign supervisor, also took somi 
time off recently . . . Archie Murray o 
Maintenance enjoyed a week vacation 
Two men in Right-of-Way, Sam William. 
and Gray lAimm, have each taken a wee! 
off this summer. 



THE DIVISION had a number o 
temporary employees working during tW 
summer . . . The permanent employee^ 
hope the summertime folks enjoyed their 
highway work. 

MR. AND MRS. F. M. Edgerton went t( 
Washington, D. C, to attend the wedding 
of their daughter, Isabel, to George E; 
Gavle, July 17 . . . After the wedding, the 
Edgertons spent two days with Mrs 
Edgerton's sister at her summer home ir 
St. Michael, Maryland. 



J. L. COOK has returned to work aftei 
receiving treatment at Duke Hospital 

E. P. KOONCE, the division engineerlji 
has recently moved his family to Wilson 

L. L. Sellers upon the recent arrival ol 
a new baby boy . . . Sellers is a road oill 

SPEEDY recovery is wished Lloyd H 
( Goat) Little, a maintenance employee 
who was receiving treatment for a back 
ailment in McGuire Veterans Hospital. 
Richmond ... J. L. Lovegrove, also witli: 
Maintenance, who was a patient at 
Eastern North Carolina Sanatorium 
Wilson . . . G. R. Lancaster of Equipment 


The goodlooking quartet above are 
employed in the .Shelby highway office. 
From left, Betty Johnson, Martha .\llen, 
Marion Davis, and Jean Cline. Hetty and 
Jean are in the division office; Marion's 
in the District One office; and Martha's 
in Right of Way. Picture was made with 
Marion's new Polaroid camera which 
takes and prints the ])ictiire in a matter 
of minutes. 





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pt^ear //70/ road 
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and doiA/n // 

Itesideut Engineer P. L. Cantrell of Statesville is one of the most talented men 
with the Commission. Above freeliand sketch is just one of many drawings he has 

10 had a l)ack operation for a ruptured 
5C, July 21. at McGuire Hospital . . . 
E. Blackn eU. a Maintenance employee, 
cently had an operation on his foot . . . 
s. Elton A. Fulghuin and George T. 
rker's son, Ronnie Lane, who have been 
the sick list. 

THE N.C.S.H.E.A. recently held a unit 
jeting at Parker's Barbecue . . . The 
pper was fine and the meeting was a 
ccess . . . The unit officers for the com- 
g year are: M. A. Robertson, chairman; 
d Holmes, vice-chairman; and Don 
oodard, secretary-treasurer . . . The 
llowing unit delegates to the State con- 
ntion were elected: R. D. Edwards. 
V. VunLandingham. Ray Setzer, Ed 
erring. Raymond Best, Howard Guplon. 
\ H. Woodall. J. C. Peele, J. T. Elmore, 
id F. M. Edgerton . . . Special guests at 
e unit meeting were Highway Personnel 
irector Earl Crump and State Personnel 
irector John McDevitt. 

GANG FOREMAN W. S. Poivell of 
istrict Two has been out sick for some 
me; we hope he is much improved. 

CHRIS McKIM was recently married to 
fm Hehhe of the Location Department 
. . She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
. J. McKim; her father is the former 
ivision engineer and present construe- 
on engineer. 

SYMPATHY is extended J. H. Burnette 
t Road Oil in the recent death of his 

THE NASH Chapter of the N.C.S.H.E.A. 
eld a meeting in June to elect new 
fficers and delegates to the unit meeting 

. . New officers are F. H. Edivards. 
tiairman; W. S. Burbage. vice-chairman; 
at Abernethy. secretary-treasurer . . . 
'he following delegates were elected: 
. V. Kemp, J. E. Joyner. T. M. Moss. 
I. T. Batchelor, and C. B. Taylor of Main- 
enance; H. M. King of Prison Depart- 
lent; ('. F. Williams of Equipment; and 
V. S. Burbage of Bridge . . . This was the 
irst meeting to be held in the new maiu- 
enance building . . . The group enjoyed 
larbecue . . . Special guests were Nash 
lounty Commissioners Frederick Cooper, 

H. 1. Setzer's bridge creAV were 
|)utting' finishing touches on a new 
)ridge in Cleveland County. Tlie new 
iri<lge deletes a bad curve and replaces 
m old narrow bridge on the right. 


Henry Milgrom, D. L. Alford and Ralph 
Bass; Sheriff Glen Womble and Deputy 
Fred Wood; Mayor Milton Strickland of 
Nashville; City Commissioner Archie 
Hinton; Senator C. S. Bunn and Repre- 
sentative-elect I. T. Valentine, Jr. . . . 
Also on hand were E. P. Koonce, T. D. 
Grantham, 8. H. Williams, and C. E. 
Moore of the division office. 


Division Correspondent 

The annual meeting of Unit Five 
of the N.C.S.H.E.A. was held in July in 
Oxford ... A total of 242 people were 
present . . . Baked ham and fried chicken 
plates were served . . . After new officers 
were elected, two safety films were shown 
. . . An enjoyable time was had by all. 

GRANVILLE County employees who 
have recently vacationed include: Sam 
H. Averette. J. R. Blackwell. Alton Elling- 
ton, G. L. Ellington, W. A. Ellington. 
H. L. Henley. H. E. Hicks, Henry R. 
Hicks. Bruce Hockaday. Elvin Lumpkin. 
Vincent V. Morton, L. L. Reece, H. S. 
Whitt. R. G. Williams, and P. L. Wood- 

WE'RE SORRY thaat Road Mainte- 
nance Supervisor Roy Beard's mother was 
seriously ill in Memorial Hospital at 
Chapel Hill; and that Gang foreman Giles 
Crutche7-'s wife was a patient at Granville 
Hospital for a few days. 

TIME OUT . . . Gang foreman B. F. 
Vaughan. his brother. Section foreman 
C. 0. Vaughan, and T. I. Dean recently 
visited the Vaughans' sister in Oklahoma 
. . . Loader operator R. H. Oliver and his 


family spent the fourth of July at Caro- 
lina Beach . . . Motor grader operator 
A. L. Parham and his family spent the 
Fourth at Wrightsville Beach and More- 
head . . . Truck driver C. V. Ollis took his 
family to spend a few days at Atlantic 
Beach . . . Charlie Addison and his wife 
spent their vacation in the mountains of 
western Carolina and Tennessee . . .R. M. 
Ball, section foreman, spent a week visit- 
ing at Virginia Beach . . . Clyde Harris. 
motor grader operator, spent his Fourth 
attending the Grand Ole Opry in Nash- 
ville, Tennessee ..../. L. Davis and his 
wife spent their week vacation on the 
beaches in South Carolina . . . Gang fore- 
man L. L. Laiorence spent his vacation 
trying to beat the heat by staying home 
and installing an air conditioning unit 
. . . Waverly Pennell took his family to 
the mountains of Virginia for a week. 

Kenneth Howell and his dad, La- 
Fayette Howell, display the buck which 
the senior How<'Il killed. It's Kenneth's 
ambition to kill a buck Just as large as 
his dad's. Howell, a section foreman in 
Lenoir, is quite a hunter! 



Axi/a|^>iiui <jori»Muaii I nird Class Joe 
E. Ferguson, son of (i. I{. Ferguson 
(superintendent of the Alexander 
County Prison Camp at Taj iorsville) , 
receives congratulations from Captain 
1'. L. de Vos, commanding olticer of the 
I'SS Sierra, upon Avinning tin- Bronze 
Star Medal. The i>resentation was made 
at the Naval Base in Norfolk. 

He earned the Bronze Star for heroic 
achievement in connection with opera- 
tions against the enemy while serving 
with a Marine Infantry <'ompany in 
Korea in July, l!)5;i. The citation read 
in part, "Ferguson displayed <'xceptional 
courage, initiative and professional 
skill in the performance of his duties. 
When his company was subjected to 
devastating enemy mortar and artillery 
fire, he unhesitatingly exposed himself 
to the intense fire in order to rend<>r 
medical aid to the nuiny wounded. 

". . . he organized a tenijtorary aid 
station in a section of the command 
post for the purpose of treating the 
nujre seriously wounded prior to moving 
them to the comi)any aid station. Ex- 
pressing complete disregard for his 
personal safety, he continuously left the 
comparative safety of his aid station and 
gallantly moved through the intense 
hostille snuiU arms, mortar and artillery 
fire to bring casualties from the for- 
ward slopes where the enemy were en- 

". . . His outstanding courage and 
selfless devotion to duty were instru- 
mental in saving the lives of many 
Mai'ines . . . His actions combined 
with his indomitable spirit served as 
ins]>iration to all who observed him and 
were in keeping with tlie highest tradi- 
tions of tlie I'nited States Naval 

RESIDENT engineer If. K. Shaw has 
moved his offife from Warrenton to Rox- 
boro to handle construction on project 
4654, from Roxl)oro to the Virginia line. 

Riglit-of-Way Engineer, who was mai-ried 

'uly 25, to Colleen Renegar . . . They 
.lent a two-week honeymoon In the 
.lountains of western Carolina . . . Last 
/ear, Mrs. Moon was supervisor of music 
in the Granville County schools; this 
year she will be assistant supervisor of 
music in the Durham County schools. 

RUTH MANGUM, secretary in the 
Right-of-Way Department, spent a week 
vacation at home; she was redecorating 
her house. 

THE SECRETARY in the division 
office, Mrs. Mattie Hall, drove with her 
husband, J. A. Hall, and son, Danny, to 
Florida where they toured scenic points 
of interest including Miami and Key 

GET WELL wishes go to S. E. Jones, 
W. B. Riley, W. H. Walker, C. M. Whit- 
aker, and B. F. Holsclaic who have been 
out sick recently. 

EMPLOYEES from the Fifth who re- 
cently spent their vacations relaxing at 
home include: A. W. Garden, Billy Ellis, 
Z. IF. Holder, F. S. Mangum, B. D. 
Nichols, Waverly Pennell, W. H. Walker, 
Etilis Weaver, C. T. Addison, R. M. Ball, 
M. W. Chappell, Marshall Cash, J. L. 
Davis, Ed Harris, R. V. Hayes, R. C. 
Hudson, L. L. Lawrence, W. L. Mangum, 
G. W. Martin, G. C. Riley, W. A. Rogers, 
B. B. Sumner, W. W. Tilley. and O. C. 

J. P. BROWN replaces Ivan Hardesty 
as District Engineer of District One; 
Hardesty is now chief Equipment 

SECTION foreman Richard Baker lost 
two fingers while working in his work- 

PAYLOADER operator W. P. Taylor 
reports the addition to his family of a 
little girl . . . Truck driver F. D. Williams 
announces the birth of a little daughter. 

SICK CALL . . . C. L. Barlow, section 
foreman, of Raleigh was home sick during 

June and July . . . S. Q. Wade, tr 
driver, of Raleigh, is home from a 
in Duke Hospital . . . H. S. Tilley, pa 
foreman, is home after being in ] 

FRANCES KING, steno-clerk in 
District One office, spent the Fourth w 
friends at Wrightsville Beach. 

THE FOLLOWING men vacatioi 
briefly during June and July: J. L. Jo 
son, motor grader operator; E. B. St 
gang foreman; M. L. Bunn, tractor ope 
tor; M. L. Dillard, motor grader operat 
J. R. Broicn. bulldozer operator; W 
Brown, tractor operator; C. E. Mart 
gang foreman ; G. L. Neivton, section f o 
man; 0. L. Honeycutt, section forema 
P. R. Ray, motor grader operator; B. 
Pearce, section foreman's helper; B 
Morris, section foreman; A. J. Mayna 
section foreman; J. W. King, section fo 
man's helper; W. C. Moore, section fo 
man; E. G. Walls, section forema 
helper; and J. A. Franklin, motor gra 

MORE VACATIONS . . . Section fo 
man's helper J. F. White and his fami| 
spent the Fourth at Carolina Beach 
Gang foreman /. B. Alford and famil 
spent a week in Chattanooga visiting Ji 
Pearce, star pitcher for the Chattanooi 
Lookouts; while there, they visited Loo 
out Mountains atop Rock City . . . 8. \ 
Sykes, section foreman, took his fami 
to Stripless fishing pier near Fort Mace 
over the Fourth; they caught a go( 
supply of spot . . . Later Sykes vacationc 
with his family at the Caswell Bapti 
Assembly at Southport . . . Gang forema 
.7. H. Beddingfield and J. F. White, se 
tion foreman helper, really caught ti 
fish at Jacksons Pond; they had enoug 
to feed 15 people . . . Mechanic Donal 
Flood reports that his three-year old soi 
Donald, Jr., outfished him recently ; 
East Lake; the youngster caught an 1 
ounce Bream. 

Twelve of the 17 men from the Tenth Division who were awarded service 
emblems, July 24, for completion of ten years with the Highway Commission linec 

The following men were eligible for the ten-year award: Wilson E. CarterJ 
William I. Helms, Thomas B. Morris, Ranee P. Plyler, Boyce B. Poplin, Ney O. 
Stiunes, Charlie C^arrigan, Glenn Eargle, C. R. Estridge, W. K. Jones, J. M. Mason, 
E. K. McGinuis, J. B. Thornburg, Graham Johnson, Cletus T. Ridenhour, Carl 
H. Snipes and J. H. Wliite. 




klew Highway Between Old Fort and Ridgecrest 



Division Correspondent 

HE ROBESON Chapter of the 
:.S H.E.A. held a fish fry recently . . . 

group reported 100 per cent member- 
p for 1954-55 . . . The following county 
.pter officers were elected: E. B. Tom- 
90H, chairman; //. G. Clark, vice-chair- 
n; R. M. Preratt. secretary-treasurer. 
'HE CUMBERLAND Chapter of the 
,.S. H.E.A. met at division shop, July 

. . After a supper of barbecue and 
nswick stew, officers were elected for 

coming year . . . The new officers are 
ve Anunons, chairman; C. F. Holland. 
e-chairman; and Kenneth Porter. 

THE UNIT SIX of the N.C.S.H.E.A. 
t July 7, at the Bel Air Restaurant 
, A fried chicken dinner was enjoyed 

the 60 delegates . . . Otis Banks was 

only visitor. 
>YMPATHY is extended the family of 
\nnett Martin, supervisory foreman in 
be.=,on, who died July 12 . . . Mr. Martin 
1 been with the Commission for about 

MIKE McDANIEL was a welcome 
addition to the construction party in 
Lumberton during the summer months. 

SPEEDY RECOVERY' is wished Marion 
Townsend. section foreman in Bladen, 
who had a serious operation in July but 
is now recuperating at home. 

W. S. WILLIAMS is back on the job 
after an appendectomy at Highsmith 
Hospital . . . He is employed in the lab. 

J. D. LeGWIN, resident engineer, has 
been transferred from Fayetteville in the 
Sixth to Wilmington in the Third 

MR. AND MRS. L. E. Bullard announce 
the l)irth of a son, Henry Elthon, July 16. 
in the Clinton Hospital , . . Mr. Bullard 
works in the soils lab in Fayetteville. 

E. P. COVINGTON, Robeson County 
maintenance, was a patient at Duke Hos- 
pital for ten days in July . . . We hope 
he is much improved. 

deaux, road maintenance supervisor in 
Bidden, spent a week at Kure's Beach in 
July . . . Kenneth Hester and C. H. Priest 
of Bladen Maintenance, also took a week 
off in July; they went to Ocean Drive, 
South Carolina . . . W. W. Cashivell, 
machine operator in Bladen, enjoyed a 

week in the mountains of Carolina . . . 
Supervisory foreman L. R. Woodlief took 
a ten-day vacation at the beach . . . 
Resident engineer J. C. Parkin of Lumber- 
ton took a week off beginning July 19 . . . 
C. E. Land of Construction in Lumberton 
spent several days in July seeing the 
sights at Williamsburg and Richmond . . . 
Robert Singletary of Construction vaca- 
tioned in Winston-Salem ...CD. Fteay of 
the materials testing lab took his family 
to the mountains for a week . . . Homer 
Taylor and Donald L. Cooper of Con- 
struction took time off in July . . . Dis- 
trict engineer and Mrs. Sam M. Wilson 
spent a few days at Kure's Beach in July. 

CHARLES HERRING of Construction 
took training with the National Guard 
Service at Camp Stewart, Georgia, for 
two weeks in June . . . Henry Harris and 
(lordon Creech of Construction spent two 
weeks training at Fort Jackson, South 
Carolina, in August. 

DURING JULY the following employees 
in the division office at Fayetteville took 
a one-week vacation: Withers Davis and 
Wilhehnina Ellis of Right-of-Way ; Guy 
Moore of Bridge Department; Secretaries 
Clara Moran and Jackie Russ; Division 
engineer L. E. Whitfield; and Assistant 
division engineer J. W. Spruill. 




We're proud of this group of engineers from the Tenth Division. Each has been 
with the Highway ('oniniission for 30 or more years. Together, these 13 men have 
given a total of 430 years of highway service! 

From left, Gang foreman H. Ij. Link, 30 years; Sign Supervisor W. E. Canfleld, 
33 years; District Engineer T. F. Royall, 35 years; Gang foreman M. A. Smith, 31 
years; Gang foreman F. B. McAnulty, 33 years; Kesident engineer W. A. Little, 33 
years; Maintenance supervisor H. X. McWhirter, 35 years; Equipment superin- 
tendent P. K. McCorkle, 33 years; Kesident engineer R. K. Jewell, 31 years; 
Division engineer M. E. Beatty, 33 years; Maintenance supervisor R. G. Holden, 33 
years; Gang foreman J. C. Phillips, 31 years; and Gang foreman George B. Linker, 
33 years. 


p. L. WELCH 
Division Correspondent 

The employees Association met 
July 9, in Graham to elect new officers 

. . Barbecue was served following the 
business session . . . The new chairman 
is Roy S. Thomas. Maintenance Super- 
visor from Guilford; M. A. Luther, High- 
way Engineer III, of Greensboro was 
elected vice-chairman. 

A. L. (Jack) Coltrane upon the birth of 
a son, Barry Jackson, July 2; the father 
is Landscape Supervisor in the Seventh. 

SICK LIST ... 7'. A. Holt has returned 
from the hospital in Winston-Salem; but 
his condition is not much improved . . . 
Eli Welch, gang foreman of Sandy Ridge 
Camp, is back on the job after a stay in 
Cone Hospital . . . D. J. Washburn, gang 
foreman at the Leaksville Quarry, has 
returned to work after a brief illness . . . 
R. S. Thomas is back at work after a 
short stay in Cone Hospital . . . Raymond 
Lunsford. pan operator in Caswell, is 
back at work after a lengthy illness . . . 
Mechanic .1. L. Heeler is also back after 
a brief illness. 

GET WELL wishes to James H. Luns- 
ford, section foreman in Caswell, who was 
injured on the job. May 21. 

THE CASWELL Chapter of the 
N.C.S.H.E.A. had a chicken fry recently 
which was enjoyed by all. 

SYMPATHY goes to District Engineer 
L. H. Gunter in the recent death of his 
sister in Norfolk, Virginia, and the death 
of his father, T. N. Gunter of Raleigh . . . 
To the family of Currie (). Smith who 

died recently; he was a gang foreman 
until his retirement in 1944 ... To 
Conway E. Holder in the recent death of 
his father-in-law . . . And to Marvin Scott 
in the death of his brother-in-law, Roy 

HICKERSON'S construction crew has 
a new mode of transportation at lunch, 
namely a big Cadillac which is owned 
and operated by W. F. Martin. 

IT'S GOOD to see Obra D. Thomas back 
at work after a long illness . . . We're 
hoping Emmett Joseph will be back soon; 
he was injured on the job, June 11. 

GOOD LUCK to Charles Tilley who 
resigned July 19, to enter the Armed 

TIME OUT . . . Stenographer Ruth 
Jar m on of the First District office and her 
husband recently visited Fairy Stone 
Park . . . Mr. and Mrs. Calvin W. Howard 
spent a recent week-end in the mountains 
of the western Carolina and saw the 
pageant, "Unto These Hills" . . . E. L. 


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Ward went on a coon hunting trip] 
South Carolina . . . Jack Bowman, 
Right-of-Way Engineer, took his fan' 
to Miami for a vacation I. Lyi,. 

Jr., and his family went to Surf City : 
a week . . . The T. A. Burtons went 
Tilghman's Beach . . . Mrs. Pauline Con 
and husband went to Boston and ^ 
Hampshire . . . The L. L. Gunters sp 
a week at White Lake . . . Mr. and M 
Louis Jarnion spent a few days at Li 
Lure . . . Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Powell 
Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Stowe enjoyed a 
to Kentucky . . . The Calvin Howards 
spent a week at Myrtle Beach . . . 
Helen Pringle and daughter, Penny, wl 
back to "Ole Virginy" . . . Mr. and 
H. T. Mc Adams and the A. Broi 
McPhersons visited their sons who w' 
attending Camp Don Lee on the Nei| 
River . . . Mr. and Mrs. C. E. McLc 
recently spent the day in Candor; h 
road maintenance supervisor in Alamai 
. . . Mr. and Mrs. Max C. Tyson recen 
toured the mountains of western Noi 
Carolina . . . Hubert Jeffreys and fam 
visited relatives in eastern North Ca 
lina . . . R. V. Graham spent a few dd 
at Nags Head ...J.I. Parks, foreman 
Camp Burton, went to South Carolina 
L. G. King, foreman at Sandy Ridge CanI i! 
went to the mountains . . . P. L. Wel\ 
took his family to Holden Beach . 
L. P. Isley enjoyed a few days at Myr 
Beach . . . Earl Markham visited his s 
in Connecticut . . . Mr. and Mrs. Char] 
E. Murphy enjoyed a few days at Whi 
Lake . . . Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Clift 
spent a recent week at Myrtle Beach . 
Mr. and Mrs. Hons Kaucher and thelfc, 
family spent a week at Carolina Bea^ 
. . . Mrs. Margaret Howell is back frc 
a trip to New York . . , W. David M 
Pherson. gang foreman n Alamance, spe 
a few days at Myrtle Beach . . . And M 
and Mrs. William B. Witty enjoyed a tr 
to New York and Niagara Falls. 

, id 

A division-wide meeting of the highway employees association was held July 3 
in the club house of the maintenance employees of Union Coiuity in Monroe 
Division engineer M. E. Beatty awarded the service emlilems. 

The above men of the Tentli Division were awarded 30 year service emblem! 
From left, George B. Linker, gang foreman; K. G. Holden, maintenance supervisoi 
W. E. Canfield, sign supervisor; J. C. Phillips, gang foreman; R. K. Jewell, reside! 
engineer; and Beatty. 





ft ■ 

rs. Joy ("loniiiR'pr began h<M' liiji'liway 
■ei' .liily I, ill tin' division ollico at 
Iby. She icplacos Mrs. Martha Allen 
> resifiiied to devote •uU-tinie to 


Division Correspondent 

I HE MANY friends of A. J. -Red" 
ihe.s will certainly miss him and his 
ily . . . He was ti-Snsferred from the 
ision office as Assistant Division Engi- 
r to the Bridge Department in Raleigh, 
jy 15 ... He came to Asheboro in Jnly, 
7, as office engineer, was soon pro- 
ted to district engineer and then 
istant Division Engineer . . . His 
ow-employees wish him good health 
I happiness in his new work . . . T. C. 
nstoii. senior Right-of-Way Engineer, 
he new Assistant Division Engineer. 

DELEGATES of Unit Eight of the 
;.S H.E.A. met in Carthage, July 14, 
a chicken supper and to elect the 
lowing new officers: John G. Hall, 
lirman; C B. Wicker, vice-chairman: 
1 lAither Berrier, secretary-treasurer. 

kfi CARTER, maintenance supervisor 
Randolph, took his family to Washing- 
, D. C, for a week to sightsee and 
it relatives . . . What his two young 
IS missed seeing was not to be seen. 

GERMAN SHAW, office clerk in Road 
., resigned July 1, to work with a 
vate coal and oil company in Greens- 
ro . . . W. W. Kent of Lemon Springs, 
engineering aide I on construction, 
olaces him. 

HAROLD JAMES, office clerk, is back 
work in the division shop after a three- 
ek illness. 

rHE CHATHAM County employees had 
big chicken supper with all the extras 
ne 17. 


Division Correspondent 

Captain Jimmy Morris, Road Main- 
tenance Supervisor in District Two, re- 
turned to work June 28, after being on the 
sick list since March 1. 

P. S. TROXLER, Road Maintenance 
Supervisor in District Two, was in the 
City Memorial Hospital, Winston-Salem 
. . . We wish him a speedy recovery. 

THE ASSISTANT division engineer, 
R. B. Fitzgerald, recently met his brother. 
Colonel William R. Fitzgerald, at Fon- 
tana for a week's fishing on streams they 
fished many times as boys . . . Col. Fitz- 
gerald is stationed at Lackland Air 
Base, San Antonio ... No "whoppers" 
were caught as they claimed the weather 
was too hot. 

C. W. GRAHAM of District One took 
his family to Baltimore, Maryland for a 

GANG FOREMAN E. L. Setzer spent a 
recent week-end camping out at Morrow 
Mountain with his Boy Scout Troop. 

OUR SYMPATHY to C. J. Holshouser, 
truck driver in District One. on the recent 
death of his brother. 

DISTRICT Engineer 7^'. L. Chetr vaca- 
tioned recently at Clarkton and Wrights- 
ville Beach. 

MARIE BRACE Y, stenographer in Dis- 
trict Two, returned to work with a deep 
tan after a week at Daytona Beach. 

L. A. COOKE, Supervisory Foreman, 
Rowan County, vacationed at Crescent 
Beach with his family. 

DISTRICT Engineer G. E. Rike of 
Salisbury and E. J. Lewis, Jr., Super- 
visory Foreman, attended the National 

Meet Joe Barrett and his bride, the 
former Pearlie Proctor. They were 
married June 25. Joe is the son of L. H. 
Barrett, section foreman in Cleveland 

A welcome a<ldition to the highway 
famil.v is Rachel Brooks. She was mar- 
ri»'d to Charles Humphries, July 11, in 
the Doiilile Siu-iiig Baptist Church near 
Shelby. Mr. Humphries is an employee 
in the Tjandscajx' i)e|)artment. 

Elks Convention in Los Angeles. July 
4-11 . . . They flew both out and back . . . 
Of course, they had a fine time in L. A. 


Division Correspondent 

A DIVISION-WIDE meeting of the 
N.C.S.H.E A. was held in the club house 
of the Maintenance employees of Union, 
July 24 . . . A business meeting was held 
for the election of officers . . . About 200 
employees were present and enjoyed a 
fried chicken supper. 

who received a promotion to Engineering 
Aide II and was transferred from R. J. 
Wilson's party in Concord to another 
location party in Wilmington. 

GOOD WISHES to the newly-weds . . . 
Eddie J. Parker and Jc(rii Hogers of 
Kannapolis were married June 11 . . . 
They have a brand-new home in Richfield 
. . . Thomas Martin Boggaii of Polkton 
wa? married to Mrs. Lillian Smith South- 
ern of Wades))oro and Walnut Cove, in 
Chesterfield, South Carolina, June G . . . 
Judge W. E. Redfearn performed the 
ceremony at his home . . . After a wedding 
trip to Western North Carolina, the 
couple are living in the Charles Macon 
Martin home in Polkton . . . Mrs. Boggan 
is principal of the Wadesboro Primary 
School: Mr. Boggan is a highway em- 
ployee in Anson County. 

SYMPATHY is extended W. M. 
Croirder, Gang foreman in District One 
at Wadesboro, in the recent death of his 
mother, Mrs. Ida Murr Crowder . . . She 
was 84 and one of the oldest members of 




The above men in the Tenth Division were iiri sentt'd service emblems for the 
recent completion of 20 years of highway work. From left, R. L. Brown, main- 
tenance supervisor; W. R. Maske, s««S foreman; F. F. Morgan, gang foreman; 
and Vann 1'. Kudy, gang foreman. Congratulations to each! 

the First Baptist Church . . . Her fine 
charactei- and unfailing kindness will be 

Mrs. H. N. McWhirter spent two weeks in 
July touring Florida . . . They made a 
complete trip around the peninsular and 
had good luck fishing off the Keys ... In 
July, G. W. Hannah drove his family to 
Daytona Beach where they were guests of 
Henry Hannah . . . W. E. Carter and 
family took a tour in July to Buffalo, 
Niagara Falls and Canada . . . Mr. and 
Mrs. G. C. Warner spent nearly two weeks 
touring Georgia and central Florida. 

R. E. GARRISON and J. E. McWJiorter 
have recovered from recent illnesses and 
are welcomed back on the job. 

TWO COLLEGE students from Raleigh, 
Heath L. Pernherton, Jr.. and Herman W. 

From h it, A. ( '. Oodson of the divi- 
sion of materials, l>anny Turner of road 
oil, and J. (i. ("Sally") Xortluott, a 
former materials inspector, line uj) for 
a picture. 

Materials field insix'ctors from all 
higliway divisions held tlieir annual all- 
day business meeting Thursday, July 29, 
at Mr. Northcott's cabin near Black 
Mountain. After the iiu'etiiig, tlie group 
numbering about 50 enjoyed a barbecue 
and scjuare dance. 


Taylor. Jr.. worked on location with R. J. 
Wilson's party this summer. 

THE W. L. MAULDINS of Aquadale 
announce the birth of a daughter, July 
16 . . . Mr. Mauldin is a maintenance 
employee in Stanly. 

CONDOLENCES go to Mr. and Mrs. 
W. B. Crumij. Jr.. in the death of their 
son, Jimmy Wayne, July 25 . . . Mr. 
Crump is a gang foreman in Stanly. 


Division Correspondent 


)NIT ELEVEN of the NC.S.H.E.A. 
met at the V.F.W. Hall in North Wilkes- 
boro, July 23, to elect new officers . . . 
The gang enjoyed a supper of chicken and 
fish with all the trimmings . . . New 
officers are Frank McCracken. chairman; 
./. E. Doiighton. vice-chairman; W. J. 
Brookshire, secretary-treasurer. 

THE SURRY Chapter of the 
N.C.S H.E.A. met July 17 at the Veterans 
Park in Mt. Airy . . . Barbecue and fried 
chicken were served. 

and Lillie Lyons who were married in 
July . . . Joe is the son of Charles McCon- 
nell of the Boone Equipment Department. 

Transou and Georgia Jolly of Elkin who 
v/ere married July 23. 

TIP TO FISHERMEN . . . Gang fore- 
man D. C. Lewis didn't just lose all the 
"big ones" . . . When he returned to his 
car, someone had "borrowed" his shoes. 

VILAS GREEN of Equipment in Cald- 
well County was seriously injured in July 
. . . While he was loading a truck on a 
trailer, the hoist chain broke ... He 
suffered a broken leg and severe head 
injury . . . He's recovering but it will be 
some time before he can return to work. 

OUR SYMPATHY to Mr. and Mrs. 0. K. 
i^tPi)hens in the death of Mrs. Stephens' 
l)rother, John B. McCraw of Mt. Airy and 
Akron, Ohio . . . And to the family of 


E. R. Hauser who died July 11 
Hauser had been a faithful employe' 
the Eleventh for ten years. 

GET WELL wishes to Mrs. Stansb 
mother of assistant superintendent L 
Stansberry of the Ashe County pr 
camp ... To Lloyd Bare, Jr. ... To 
Roberts who injured his hand ... To 1 
Durham and family who were injurel ^^^^ 
an automobile accident ... To 0 
Alexander's son, Dean, who had me' 
gitis ... To J. D. Gicxjn, J. H. Hauser, ' 
L. R. Kiger who have undergone sur 
recently ... To Fred Edminsten who 
in the hospital ... To Mechanic "ii' 
Greene who broke his leg . . . An 
Benny Phillips, little son of Supervi 
Foreman and Mrs. G. C. Phillips, 
recently took treatments at the Wi 
Springs Infantile Paralysis Foundatioi| 
Warm Springs, Georgia; they visited 
"L'ttle White House." 

grapher Ruth Potter and husband s 
July 4th week-end with relatives 
friends in Elizabethton and Uni 
Tennessee . . . Right-of-Way Engi 
Paul West and family spent several d 
at Carolina Beach and then visited r 
fives . . . Motor grader operator 
Lewis and Mrs. Leivis spent three we 
touring the western states and Mexi 
they also visited relatives in Califor 
. . . Truck driver Dewey Mitchell vai 
tioned in Virginia and Tennessee £ 
visited the TVA dam on Holstou Ri-i 
near Bristol. 


Division Correspondent 

A COUNTRY-STYLE lunch was recenf' 
served to maintenance employees worki'! 
on a new road in upper Cleveland Courf" 
. . . The prison gang was also present. 

-After the materials field inspectoi 
meeting in Black Mountain in July, til 
group square danced. That's materia' 
research engineei- Duke Morgan on tl 


le above group of men from the Tenth Division recently 

presented five-year service emblems, 
le foUowinf; men were eli<>'ible for the five-year highway 
leni: Walter H. Braswell, Xathaniel T. Cox, Ralph H. 
iford, Billy Crump, Johnnie T. Flynn, John J. Howell, 
vin B. Howey, Roy P. I^ee, Lee Lomax, Crowell H. 
der, James F. Moser, 3Iayo Peters, Craven R. Poplin, 

Harold R. Poplin, Howard F. Preslar, James M. Rape, 
WaUer Thomas Ratlift, William Wilder, Olin W. 
Williams, ('. A. Barnette, Kelley B. Bost, J. >I. Hager, C. R. 
Hartsell, (i. W. Hartsell, J. E. Helms, T. M. Washam, 
William F. Hornback, Claude B. Maness, Cicero Morris, 
Joel E. Tucker, Thomas M. Tyson, (Jeorge S. Thomas, Jr., 
Robert F. Austin, Alfred B. Blake, and Harry L. Boggan. 

HEN the regular monthly road hear- 
was held July 12 at the district office 
Statesville. some 16 delegations, 
tly from Iredell, were on hand. 

NIT 12 of the N.C.S.H.E.A. held a 
iier meeting July 28 at the Shady 
ive restaurant between Newton and 
over . . . There was a good crowd of 
gates and officials on hand . . . Unit 
ers are P. J. Corpening, chairman; 

Abeniathjj, vice-chairman; and Mis. 
ion Davis, secretary-treasurer. 

ATIONAL Guard news . . . Horace D. 
ill of Construction attended summer 
nmg camp in Alabama during July 
Ma. I- Jones, machine operator in 
iveiand, also took training with the 
ional Guard in Alabama this summer. 

)IVISION engineer and Mrs. E. L. 
nper were mighty happy to have their 
, Dick, return home after duty with 
Air Force in Korea . . . Dick reported 
Carswell Army Air Base in Texas, 
gust 22. 

5ACK ON THE JOB . . . Clyde Ponton. 
. of Construction returned to work 
jy 12, after being on sick leave since 
jruary . . . Phil Rucker, who has been 

■1 I'f . Illi'- 

Good progress is being made on the 
IV division office for the Fourteenth 
Sylva. It won't be long before they'll 
ve a trim, two-storey office building. 

on military leave, returned to work 
August 1, with the Construction Depart- 
ment at Shelby . . . Anothe)' familiar face 
in Construction is Ed Hoyle who returned 
to work, July 21 . . . C. L. Walker, fore- 
man in Landscape, returned to work after 
a week in the hospital with bronchitis. 

VACATIONS . . . District Engineer 
H. H. Wearer took his family to New 
York when he attended the Lions Con- 
vention . . . Paul Sain, key foreman in 
Lincoln, and his family spent a recent 
week-end at Myrtle Beach . . . C. G. 
Poston, gang foreman in Cleveland, and 
his family vacationed in the mountains at 
Fontana . . . Tom Bess of Construction and 
his wife spent an August week at Myrtle 
Beach . . . Mr. and Mrs. H. I. Setzer and 
daughter, Joann. spent a week at Cherry 
Grove Beach during July; he's with the 
Bridge Department . . . Maintenance 
supervisor P. J. Corpening and family 
spent the week of July 19, vacationing 
at their cabin on Lake James . . . Main- 
tenance Supervisor L. D. Gaither. Mrs. 
Gaither, and their two children spent the 
week of August 1, at Ocean Drive Beach 
. . . District Engineer P. D. Miller attend- 
ed a special meeting of the N.C.S.H.E.A. 
insurance committee in Raleigh, June 14; 
he then took a couple of days vacation 
and visited his brother, John Miller, who 
is assistant division engineer in the First 
Division in Ahoskie . . . Assistant divi- 
sion engineer J. D. Peek and family vaca- 
tioned for a week during June . . . M. W. 
Rwnyan of Construction and his wife 
spent a week at Myrtle Beach in June . . . 
Ralph Hard of the testing department 
and family joined John Rollins of Equip- 
ment and his family for a week's fishing 
at Kure Beach; tliey report some good 
fishing . . . Resident engineer and Mrs. 
D. L. Rink spent their vacation in July 
at Mt. Prospect, Illinois, visiting their 
son, Wesley; they report a grand trip . . . 
Bill Runyan of Construction spent a week 
vacation at Myrtle Beach. 

A SPEEDY recovery is wished Mrs. 
J. I. Church, wife of the road maintenance 
supervisor in District One, who recently 

fell from a porch at her home and broke 
her leg in two places . . . Mrs. Betty 
Falls, wife of John Falls in Construction, 
who had a recent operation but is re- 
covering nicely . . . Little Jane Allen, 
daughter of Mr. and_ Mrs. Curl Allen, who 
was stricken with a light case of polio, 
July 16; Jane returned home from the 
hospital, July 24 . . . And H. I. Tomlin 
who was painfully injured in Iredell 
County, April 22, when a tire on his truck 
blew out; he's making steady progress 
but is still away from work. 

J. F. CROUSE, R. A. Parker and L. D. 
Peeler were promoted from temporary to 
permanent payroll in Catawba County, 
July 1. 

parents . . . There's a new addition at the 
home of Mr. and Mrs. Junior Martin; 
Junior is a truck driver in Cleveland . . . 
A bundle of joy was recently delivered to 
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Har^el Proctor : 
Hazel is a machine operator in Gaston . . . 
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Banner announce 
the birth of a daughter, July 3; the father 
is a construction employee at Statesville 

. . The H D. Rohincttes announce the 
birth of a daughter, Barbara Nelle, July 
19; he's a machine operator in Alexander. 

I. B. CURLEE, key foreman in Catawba, 
is wearing a wider grin than usual since 
he Ijecame owner of a new Delray Clu'vi-o- 

Two ensployees in the Tenth Division 
were recently awarded 25 year sei-vice 
emblems. Oflice engineer C. R. Smith, 
on the h'ft, and J. B. (irahani, highway 
ins])ector HI, both have 25 years to their 




('hairiiiaii and Mrs 
supervisory highway 

. Graham made a special effort to attend the June picnic for 
employees atop Koan Mountain. Above pictures were made 
when the rhododendron gardens were in full bloom. Left to right, District Engineer 
C. A. Hayworth, Ashe County Maintenance Supervisor J. T. Winkler, Commissioner 
Ralph Winkler, Mayor Bell AVinters of Klk l»ark. Superintendent of Ashe County 
prison camp Ed IMiillips, and Chairman Graham. I'icture (»n right, from left, Mrs. 
(Jraham, :Mrs. J. T. Winkler, Mrs. Ed Phillips, Mrs. Ralph Winkler and Pauline 

let coupe ... He says it's the first brand 
new car he's ever had . . . He's keeping 
his old '35 Ford for those fishing trips 
he enjoys so much. 

SYMPATHY is extended Buford Well- 
mon of Construction in the recent death 
of his father. 

IN A RECENT issue of the RIGHT-OF- 
WAY, news sheet of Dickerson, Inc., of 
Monroe, is a picture of a crew on a job 
in the Smoky Mountains near New 
Found Gap, taken in 1932 . . . The white- 
shirted gentleman, second from left, is 
P. J. Corpening . . . Many changes in the 
looks of people, highways, and equipment 
have come abotit since then, Corpening 


Division Correspondent 

lOAD WORK . . . Cherokee County 
boasts four new black-topped roads: Joe 
Brown, Grandview, Johnsonville, and 
Moccasin Creek. 

PICNIC . . . Clay and Clierokee County 
employees along with their families and 
friends gathered at the Lions Club Pavi- 
lion on a hillside overlooking beautiful 
Lake Chatuge for a picnic, July 23 . . . 
The delicious food was prepared and 
served by the Women's Guild of the First 
Methodist Church of Hayesville. 

WELCOME to the new employees . . . 
Jerry O'Henry Hatcliett has accepted em- 
ployment at the Peachtree Prison Camp 
. . . Charles Enrin and Carl Eurvie are 
working temporarily with the Brevard 
Constuction party; Charles is awaiting 
his call to active duty as a Second Lieu- 
tenant; Carl is awaiting word from any 
college that will give him a football 
scholarship . . . Jack Harris is a new 

engineering aide I with the Brevard Con- 
struction party . . . Jack, a Korean 
veteran, is a native of Chester, South 
Carolina, and formerly worked with the 
South Carolina highway department . . . 
Donald Baxter replaces Marvin Worley 
who has returned to construction work in 
Waynesville; Don. an Engineering Aide 
II, will assist D. E. I-Iyall. Road Oil Super- 
visor, in his office. 

SYMPATHY goes to •/. P. and Luis 
Wort man in the death of their infant 
daughter, July 7; he's an engineering 
aide II in Brevard . . . And to Truck 
Driver and Mrs. Hardie C. Morris whose 
little son, Hardie, Jr., was drowned in 
Hiwassee Lake, July 5. 

GANG FOREMAN and Mrs. Dlllie G. 
Paxter are mighty proud of their 

This winsome miss is Mary Jo Glisson, 
tiny granddaughter of C. L. Gray. She 
was only VA months old when picture 
was made. Gray is a mechanic in the 
Second Division Shop at Greenville. 


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daughter, Doris, who graduated 
Mars Hill College, June 7 . . . Doris 
enter Southwestern Seminary, 
Worth, Texas, this fall. 

NEW ADDITIONS . . . Mr. and 
Dennis Raxter announce the birth 
son; Dennis is the son of Gang fore 
Dillie G. Raxter of Andrews . . .Mr. 
Mrs. Charles McCall have a baby 
Vickie Jan, who was born June 25 
Angel's Hospital in Franklin; the fa 
is an engineering aide I in Franklin 

SUMMERTIME FUN . . . The stal 
the division office in Sylva had a 
picnic in the Smoky Mountain Nati 
Park, July 31 . . . Steaks were charcoa, 
potatoes were french fried, and a to 
salad was served ... On hand for 
feast were Mr. and Mrs. G. G. Page 
daughter, Mary; Mr. and Mrs. C. W. 
and their three boys; Mr. and Mrs. G 
Beck, and daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Dor, 
Baxter and son; Mr. and Mrs. D 
Hyatt and son; Mr. and Mrs. Der 
Higdon; Mr. and Mrs. M. E. White 
daughter; and Mr. and Mrs. Leon iSiit 
... A big time was had by all. 

TIME OUT . . . Mr. and Mrs. M. 
White enjoyed a week vacation to Wa 
ington, D. C, during July; he's the rig 
of-way engineer at Sylva . . . Mr. and M 
Dermis Higdon, Jr., spent several days 
(he Florida sunshine while visiting Sil 
Springs, Orlando, and Daytona Beac 
Mrs. Higdon is a steno-clerk in the d 
sion office . . . Office engineer and Ml 'i* 
C. J. Beck spent a week touring Michig 
and southern Canada . . . Mary Pa' ' 
daughter oi the division engineer, visil' '*'' 
lier grandmother in Marianna, Floriil 

RIGHT-OF-WAY Engineer and M 
G. W. Clayton. Jr.. are delighted w 
their bi-and-new Chervolet; they l)roke 
in on a trip to Florida during August. 


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MORE VACATIONS . . . Tractor ope 
tor and Mrs. Clarence H. King spe 
several days sightseeing in Arkansas a 
Missouri ; Clarence reports his nf 
Chewy performed beautifully . . . Mr. a 
Mrs. F. K. Westwood vacationed in Flori 
for a week in June; Ken reported t 
fishing was slightly off, but the Florii 
sun was all that could be expected . 
W. P. McGaha, engineering aide I 
Brevard, motored to Rosman and Bohayij 
Beach over the Fourth . . . Engineerii 
Aide II and Mrs. Ralph N. Barger had 
good two week trip to Charlesto 
West Virginia, Westminster, Marylan 
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Chatt 
nooga. Tennessee . . . Mr. and Mrs. W. T 
Baker and family spent a week vacatic 
at Daytona Beach and Orlando; tl 
weather was cool . . . Baker is a Highwa( 
Engineer I in Franklin. 




roi'poi-al Frt'd I'ickett, son of Mr. and 

(If j 

». Xornian Pirkett of Majinolia, is 
|. :ione(l at Ft. Benninji' in the Field 

illery. Prior to enterinfj the service, 

ipent two years at Oak Kidf;e Military 
, titiite. His father is patch foreman in 

j>lin Connty. 



H AIRMAN Graham spent several 
rs in July attending the 46th Annual 
pernor's Conference at Bolton Landing. 
,v York, with Governor Umstead . . . 
j?y heard Vice President Nixon, speak- 

f(ir the President, suggest a $50-billion 
fhway construction program for the 
it ten years , . , Then one morning 
f Chairman and the Governor flew to 
ishington, D. C, on State business and 
jurned to Raleigh that same day at 
m . . . The Chairman and Mis. Graham 
; mighty glad to have their son. Capt. 
in Graham, with his family back in 
rth Carolina . . . He had l)een stationed 

TRAFFIC Engineer Nobert Burvh spent 
recent week touring the northeastern 
rt of the country . . . A7iclreic Ward took 
5 family to Long Beach for a July week 
j . Robert Dodge spent a week in August 
iHolden Beach . . . Ruth Parkcrson took 
several days. 

EQUIPMENT Depot News . . . D. H. 
aiitley. F. E. GodboUl. and J. N'. Hau- 
'ns recently passed 30-year work anni- 
Tsaries . . . F. R. Neville has completed 

years of highway work . . . H. D. 
rivkland and W. M. Tilley have 15 years 

their credit . . . Ten-year emblems were 
'warded C. M. Johnson, W. H. Nordaii. 
id J. W. Ward . . . The following men passed flve-year service anniver- 
ries: Estis Barbee, H. A. Evans, J. B. 
'.rrell, D. G. Hopson, E. J. Hudson, A. E. 
mes. Earl Perritt, D. T. Reaves, and 

T. Reams . . . Congratulations to each! 


FROM THE BRIDGE . . . Welcome to 
the new employees: Francis M. Maddux, 
Bridge Design Engineer; and Mrs. Mary 
V. Watson, typist-clerk . . . Richard C. 
Yoiv, Ray Damron. Jr.. and Bobby Hust- 
ings were temporarily employed in the 
drafting room this summer . . . Also wel- 
come to A. J. Hughes, former Assistant 
Division Engineer in the E ghth, who has 
transferred to the Raleigh Bridge Depart- 
ment . . . Mrs. KiriHn Hatterwhlte has 
transferred to Bridge Maintenance . . . 
Bridge Engineer T. B. Gunter, Jr., attend- 
ed the Bridge Committee meeting of the 
AASHO in Birmingham, July 22-23 . . . 
Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Yoic announce 
the birth of a daughter, Nancy, June 17 
. . . Mr. and Mrs. Murray Howell announce 
the birth of a daughter, Cornelia, July 
16 . . . Peter G. Hoadley, a temporary 
Bridge Location employee, was married 
to Mary Emily Munch, June 12; her 
father, J. W. Munch, used to work in the 
drafting room . . . Mr. and Mrs. Ransoti 
V. Bennett announce the birth of a daugh- 
ter, Lynda Jean, August 1, the father is 
a bridge draftman. 

took a week-long Navy cruise in the 
Atlantic with the Explorer Scouts recent- 
ly .. . Polk Denmark made the same trip 
later; both men served as scout leaders 
. . . Marie Hall and family spent a week in 
the mountains . . . Flora McDonald spent 
a week at Morehead . . . Bryan Moore took 
his family to South Carolina in June 
. . . Guy Farmer and his wife spent some 
time in Spring Hope . . . Belly Myers is 
back from a stay at Topsail Beach . . . 
Walter Wiley is back from a week-long 
check-up in the hospital . . . Gilfredo 
Gonzalez is delighted over the l)irth of his 
first child and son, Antonio, July 2 . . . 
T. F. Southgate. Flora McDonald's broth- 
er-in-law, died July 9, in Durham . . . 
D. C. Fussell and his wife vacationed at 
Harkers Island . . . Lucille Winstead and 
family spent a week in Morganton, W. Va. 
. . . Mildred Thompson's husband. Charles, 
has been sick in the Veterans Hospital in 
Durham . . . Jane Cameron spent a week 
in Hickory . . . L. V. Jay took his family 
to Long Beach for a week . . . Bob and 
Belle Tilley spent a recent week in New 
York . . . Dot Turner spent a week in 
Florida . . . Roy C o o k e and Leroy 
Edwards took their families to Atlantic 
Beach for a long week-end . . . James 
Bradford and his family went to the 
mountains for a vacation . . . John and 
Margaret Honbarrier visited in Dobson 
. . . Donald Corwin went to R.O.T.C. sum- 
mer camp. 

FROM ACCOUNTING . . . The gang 
celebrated Clayton High's birthday recent- 
ly with an informal office party, cupcakes 
and cokes were the fare . . . They gave 


him a nice ashtray for his house . . . 
F'reda Webb vacationed at Nags Head . . . 
Cecil Stearns has a new little grand- 
daughter . . . Ruth Boone spent a week at 
Wrightsville . . . Addie Webb went to the 
mountains for a week . . . Jean Hicks 
spent a long week-end at Carolina Beach 
. . . Mary Wilkinson vacationed at home 
. . . Nelle Brown spent some time at 
Wrightsville . . . Sherrill Monfgoiiicry also 
went to Wrightsville . . . Our sympathy 
to Sam Smith in the recent loss of his 
little grandson. 

LANDSCAPING . . . F. H. Brant was in 
the hospital for a check-up; we hope he's 
much better now . . . Irma Callahan spent 
several days at Maple Hill . . . Katherine 
Harris spent an August week in Bayboro 
. . . Our sympathy to W. R. Phelps in the 
death of his brother, J. Wilbur Phelps of 
Charleston. S. C. 

ON LOCATION . . . Paul Ferguson is all 
smiles since the birth of his second child 
and first daughter, Paula, in June . . . 
Mr. and Mrs. George McKinley vacationed 
at his boyhood home in Meadville, Penn. 
. . . sudie Seltman took time off to visit 
her cousins in Charlotte . . . Bill Pate has 
been sick in Duke Hospital . . . Louise 
High spent a week at Carolina Beach; 
Jane Campbell at Wrightsville ... A for- 
mer employee, Frances Poland Smith, has 
a little girl, Charlene, who was born June 
6 . . . Lloyd Cook vacationed at Virginia 
Beach in August. 

MORE VACATIONS . . . Louise Bernard 
took a long week-end at Atlantic Beach 
. . . Elizabeth Hughes spent a week at 
Nags Head . . . Jewel Kidd spent an Au- 
gust week in West Palm Beach . . . Ina 
Ferrell vacationed at home; she took 

Charles Cni'tis Parker enlisted in the 
.\rniy in Jnne and took his basic train- 
inf> at Canij) Gordon. He had three years 
of ROTC training' in hif-h school. His 
father, C. C. ( Buck ) Parker, is the Road 
Oil Supervisor of the Third Division. 


several short trips . . . Avis Knight will 
visit her son, Donald, and family in 
Hampton, Va., in September. 

THE OLD highway building which was 
Raleigh headquarters for 30 years is be- 
ing renovated . . . Plasterers, carpenters, 
and painters are busy turning it into a 
State Art Gallery to display the State's 
art treasures. 

THE EMPLOYEES Association, some 
200 strong, met August 6, at the State 
Fairgrounds for a barbecue . . . Chairman 
Graham spoke briefly to the group. 

Janet Adams and family spent a week in 
August at Long Beach . . . Mrs. Lucille 
Crawford and son, "Cricket", visited rela- 
tives and went sight-seeing in Washington 
and Maryland for a week . . . George 
Turner, Scout Leader, is back from a 
cruise with the Explorer Scouts; they 
were guests of the Navy and went to 
Norfolk and Annapolis besides cruising 
in the Atlantic . . . Barbara Dean reports 
a fine week at Myrtle Beach . . . Ahna 
Perdue spent some time at Buckroe Beach 
and Norfolk . . . Mr. and Mrs. Dewey 
Hester toured the western part of the 
State and brought their son, Henry, back 
from a six-week stay at the Transylvania 
Music Camp; Henry's a talented musician 
. . . Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Hill enjoyed a 
week's stay at Morehead City . . . C. L. 
Dodl flew out to California, and visited 
in San Francisco, San Rafael and Pasa- 
dena . . . The Duke Morgans motored to 
Baltimore, New York, New England and 
Canada in August . . . W. L. Collins, part- 
time worker in the physical lab, resigned 
to work with the Corps of Engineers in 
Wilmington . . . The J. R. Brandons 
named their daughter who was born Au- 
gust 2, Barbara Adams . . . The James 
Garners announce the birth of a daughter, 
Beverly Gray, July 2 . . . Mr. and Mrs. 
R. J. Scarborough became the proud par- 
ents of a daughter who was born August 

OFF THE RIGHT OF WAY . . . Eliza- 
beth Talton spent a week at Carolina 
Beach in Augu ,t . . . Buck Webb took his 
family to Nags Head for a week in July. 

JEAN WELLONS of the Prisons De- 
partment will marry Grady Wright Sep- 
tember 3, in Princeton . . . They'll set up 
housekeeping in Raleigh. 

Munns was promoted to Assistant Pur- 
chasing Agent when F. B. Hall retired 
recently . . . Jack was married to Margaret 
Ellen, July 31, in Rocky Mount . . . The 
young couple honeymooned at Myrtle 

Beach . . . Harold W. Harper, who taught 
at Myrtle Underwood Grammar School 
last year, took over Jack's old job . . . 
Harold's a '53 graduate of Carolina; his 
wife is the foi-mer Mickey Britt of Bladen- 
boro . . . They have a two-year old son, 
Harold, Jr. . . . Lillie Bell Hunter went to 
Black Mountain and stayed at the Monte 
Vista Hotel; she made several side trips 
and saw UNTO THESE HILLS . . . The 
Jim Potters spent the first week in August 
at Fontana Village . . . Leona Sidbury 
spent a week in August in the mountains 
. . . Daisy Rhoney .vpent a week in the 
mountains and toured the Parkway . . . 
Mary Lee Stephenson spent a week visit- 
ing her family in Zebulon; she brotight 
I)ack enough vegetables and fruits to stock 
her freezer locker this winter . . . Betty 
Wilkins spent a week in July at Atlantic 
Beach . . . Louise Shepherd spent some- 
time at Harkers Island and Atlantic 
Beach . . . Sue Cox visited in Bayview; 
she took in THE LOST COLONY and 
THE COMMON GLORY at Williamsburg 
. . . Reapa McDaniel spent a week at 
Myrtle . . . Sully Young took a week off in 

B. W. DAVIS is settled in his new office 
of State Maintenance Engineer on the 
Fourth Floor of the highway building . . . 
His secretary, Ethel Jones, is located in 
the adjoining office. 

Three lucu in the Tenth Divi.sion re- 
eeived lo-year service emblems, July 
24, in Monroe. From left, Harvey D. 
Hunt, section foreman's helper; George 
W. Hannah, shovel operator; and T. H. 
(iribble, liighway engineer III. 

After a business meeting of the 
XCSHKA, more than 2JK) employees e;;- 
.joyed a fri<>d chicken supper. Otis Hanks, 
Fred liiggerstafi, and Merle T. Adkins 
were present along with the State Sena- 
tors and Representatives from that area. 
County Commissioners of Union were 
also guests. 

H. Shores of the warehouse spent a week 
in western North Carolina and Virginia 
visiting relatives . . . Kay Satterwhite re- 

places Becky Griffln . . . Mr. and Mrs. a\ 
Furtado plus family visited his old hol| 
in Maine . . . Charlie Biggs and wife va| 
tioned in Baltimore and Pennsylvania 
Ralph Carrol and Don Baker boughl| 
boat to use at Buggs Island; they are 
pecting some big catches. 

SAFETY Director L. R. Fisher haci 
ten-day visit from his brother, John Fil 
er, of Miami . . . They spent 3-4 days trJ 
fishing . . . Mary Stuart Allen took a 
off in August. 

OUT OF COURT . . . Edna Jeromei 
former employee in Location, is agjl 
working for the Commission; she tol 
Barbara Sykes Schacht's place . . . 
Wooten took his family to White Lake i 
a week . . . Alice Gorliam spent her weJ 
long vacation at home . . . Virginia Lyt 
sunned with her family at Ocean Dril 
for a week . . . E. 0. Brogden has movj 
his wife and child into the Country Cl| 

OUT OF STOCK . . . Mary Jane Hari 
was employed in Equipment to replafc 
Edith Williams . . . Sig Hardesty speF 
two weeks in August at National Gual 
Summer Camp in Alabama; he's a Cop' 
nel . . . Myrtle Wall spent a July week 
Topsail Beach . . . Frances StephensM 
and husband spent a week at Carolil 
Beach ... J. Y. Clifton went fishing f| 
several days . . . Yera Graham went 
Cape Cod to visit her niece . . . Doris JetJ 
Barham spent her time off at homel 
canning . . . Joan Daniels took a week J 
ill August. 

PERSONNEL . . . The assistant direl 
tor, Sam Padgett, was married to Mil 
Shirley Kennedy, August 7, in the Hay| 
Barton Methodist Church; they honejj 
mooned in the mountains . . . Earl ail 
Sarah Crump spent a week at Wright] 
ville . . . Dot Medlin took her little giii 
Sandy, to Topsail Beach for a long-weej 

ROADWAY . . . Mrs. Lillian Sorrell hii 
been at home ever since a bad fall sever! 
weeks ago . . . Dot and Jean Freeman ail 
mighty happy over the birth of a daugl 
ter, Claudia Jean, July 21 . . . Edg^ 
'ihomas Brame. Jr.. is a new draftsma 
. . . Othe Graha)n Duke. IH. is workirlj 
temporarily in the drafting room . . . To| 
Park brought back a 36-pound Amberjac 
after a recent fishing trip off Moreheajl 
. . . Ed McMahon took time off to visit hJ 
old home in Brevard . . . Bill Fulghu^ 
spent a few days at Morehead . . . M. 
McEwen and Jim my Coiner each spent \ 
week at Long Beach. 




oil Road To Be Built 

3ids will he received September 15. 
a toll road running from Nags Head 
Virginia Beach. The bids will be open- 
at the Cavalier Hotel at Virginia 
ich. The toll road, the first for North 
•olina since the Highway Commission 
s formed, will be about 50 miles 
|g with 2 8 miles lying within the 
te. It will begin at or near the 
■sent intersection of the Duck Road 
i US 15S and run north along the 
antic shore to tie in with a road south 
Virginia Beach. 

lEarlier the Virginia and North Caro- 
a turnpike authorities signed agree- 
|nts for the sale of about $3,000,000 
|bonds to finance the project. The firm 
Deleuw, Cather and Company of 
icago made the traffic survey. The 
ni of William F. Freeman Engineers 
i Architect, Inc., of High Point is in 
irge of the engineering and construc- 
n. The bond sale will be handled by 
lyndicate composed of Strader-Taylor 
Lynchburg, Va., and Alex Brown and 
mpany of Baltimore, Md.. and as- 

The joint turnpike authorities will 
et September 17, in Raleigh to receive 
:ommendations of the engineering 
n before awarding the road build- 
; contract. Appointive members of the 
rolina-Virginia Turnpike Authority 
i John G. Clark of Greenville, chair- 
,n; Guy H. Lennon of Manteo, and 
lyland Sermons of Washington, N. C. 
ghway Chairman Graham is an ex- 
icio member. 

Surplus Allocated 

Jovernor Umstead allocated $4,654,- 
) in surplus highway funds to nine top- 
ority projects, August 12. 
The Governor made the following 
ocations : 

f2,000,000 to complete construction of 
e bridge across the Croatan Sound. 
St year, the Governor made an initial 
ocation of $750,000 from highway 
rplus funds for the bridge. 
$350,000 as partial cost of grading 
d structures for the dual-lane con- 
■uction of US 70 from New Bern to 
lerry Point. A total of $42 5,000 in 
ieral funds are also available for the 
)rk. Total cost of the work is about 
^,700, 000. 

r $54,000 in Warren County for the 
ving of a road from Mount Auburn 

, lurch to Kerr Lake and for a loop road 
^ US 158. 

$200,000 in additional funds for con- 
struction of a by-pass of US 2 9 around 
Salisbury. An allocation of $500,000 
was previously made on the Salisbury 
work which will cost more than $2,000,- 
1)00 in all. 

$500,000 for major construction in 
the vicinity of Charlotte. 

$400,000 as the initial cost of grading, 
structures and paving of a portion of 
NC 16 from Jefferson toward Virginia 
State line. Surveys are being made for 
the Ashe County work which will cost 
more than $1,000,000. 

$300,000 as the partial cost of con- 
struction of street from Beaucatcher 
Tunnel to West Asheville Bridge on US 
7 0, 19 and 2 3. The work will cost in 
excess of $1,000,000. The initial alloca- 
tion will cover cost of acquiring right 
of way in which city of Asheville will 

$350,000 as additional funds for con- 
struction of US 19 and 23 through Canton. 
A previous allocation of $750,000 was 
made for the work. 

$500,000 for the construction of 
urgently needed prison facilities. 

The Governor said, "I fully realize 
that there are many other worthwhile 
projects . . . However, I feel that I 
should retain the small reserve of 
$648,088.68 at this time." 

A total surplus of $5,302,088.68 was 
available at the end of the fiscal year on 
June 3 0. 

Rates For Ice Capades 

state Highway employees and their 
families are offered special, reduced 
rates for the opening performance only 
of "Ice Capades of 19 55" in the William 
Neal Reynolds Coliseum at N. C. State 
C-ollege in Raleigh on Tuesday night, 
Novemlier 2, at 8:30 o'clock. 

For the opening performance only, 
Tuesday night, November 2, highway 
employees may purchase $1.50 tickets 
for $1.0 0: $2.00 tickets for $1.50: 
$2.50 tickets for $1.75; and $3.00 for 
$2.00. These reduced rates apply to any 
order in any quantity. Choice seats may 
be obtained by writing early and direct- 
ly to W. Z. Betts, % the Coliseum, 

"Ice Capades of 19 55" features a 
rink version of "Wisli You Were Here"; 
a ballet based on Gershwin's "An Amer- 
ican in Paris"; a number based on 
Schubert's "Ave Maria"; a Mother Goose 
spectacle, "Humpty-Dumpty on Ice"; and 
a feature patterned on "Dragnet." 


(Continued from page 4) 

VACATION — still discussed and still 
argued. We stand equal to other States 
l)etter than most, so perhaps we should 
let well enough alone, huh? Vacation 
should be taken and not saved as an 
"insurance policy" — every person 
should get away from the job during 
the year, and no job (nor any employee) 
is so important that a person can't leave 
it a few days once in awhile. Many em- 
ployees seemed to be worried about 
having their maximum now, and not 
earning any more — take some and re- 
duce the maximum so you can start 
earning again! 

000 per year? I wish it was! It's a great 
deal less than that is my reply to the 
thoughtless person who made such a 
remark. Somebody asked how dues were 
divided, and thought all came to the 
(Jeneral Fund. Far from that — the $4 
per year is divided with $2.50 to Gen- 
eral Fund, and the balance of $1.50 to 
the Units and County Chapters. Some- 
body also said we spent too much money 
on "feeds". Poor, ignorant person — the 
many chapter meetings with suppers 
served are "dutch" affairs, paid for by 
the local employees, and they pay for the 
ladies also. Any other questions? 

approved by Chairman. Mr. Wither- 
spoon, and Retirement System. In the 
future, when any member signifies desire 
to retire, he can file application and 
ask for figures on options, which will be 
furnished; also, he may request that I 
contact him to explain what he might be 
entitled to, and in that case I will be 
notified and will make a personal visit 
to the employee-member. This is just 
another service we try to render for the 
benefit of our members and to create 
better feelings between all departments. 

JUST RAMBLIN' — Philosophy is just 
common sense in a dress suit — A lie 
travels around the world while truth is 
putting on its shoes — Too much cele- 
brating has kept many a man from 
being celebrated — People are like rivers, 
whatever is in them comes out at the 
mouth — If you want to see a short 
summer, borrow some money, due in 
the fall — Money is called "cold cash" 
because we can't keep it long enough to 
warm it up — When a girl's kisses make 
a man think he is in heaven, it's no sign 
the girl is an angel — Don't keep telling 
your girl friend you are unworthy of 
her. let it be a surprise. I'LL BE SEE- 

Otis Banks, Secretary 

]PTE!\reER-OCTOBER, 1954 





Maintenance supervisor Joseph F. 
Setser is appreciative of the opportunity 
the Highway Commission gave him to 
raise and educate six children. In his 
words, "They all attended college and 
I am very proud of them. Our children 
have had a total of 22 years in college." 

Regarding his 30 years of highway 
work, he says, "I started work on 
location June 22, 1923. In 1925, I was 
transferred to construction with W. B. 
Ferguson as resident engineer on the 
paving of US 23 from Franklin to the 
Georgia line. During the depression, I 
operated a motor grader for three years. 
I was reinstated as a foreman in 19 36. 
In 1938, I was made county foreman; 
supervisor in 1944. From July, 1949, to 
1953, I was an inspector on bond roads 
since I was disqualified as a supervisor 
in Macon. I came back to Macon County 
in 19 53 as supervisor — my present job." 

Setser, son of Andrew and Elizabeth 
Cloer Setser, was born August 17, 1890, 
in Macon County. He attended the 
county schools, completing the sixth 
grade. August 3, 1918, he was married 
to Harriet Slagle. Today they live on 
R. F. D. No. One, Franklin. They have 
five living children: Dr. Mack S. Setser 
of Lake Junaluska, Mrs. Bob S. Sloan of 
Franklin, Thomas E. Setser of Scotts, 
Mrs. Charles B. Porter, Jr., of Salisbury, 
and Mrs. A. L. Ramsey, Jr., of Franklin. 
They also have seven grandchildren. The 
Setsers are Baptists. 

In his words, "Our second son, 1st Lt. 
George H. Setser, was killed in Italy in 
May, 1945. Mack, a '41 State graduate, 
was a Major in the Marine Corps. He 
got his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 
from the University of Georgia. Tom, a 
Staff Sergeant in the Air Force, com- 
pleted four years of college and is now 


vocational agriculture teacher in the 
Scotts High School. 

"In addition to Ferguson, I have 
worked with Dave Gibson, A. A. Siler, 
Roy Plemmons, W. A. McNeil, E. L. 
Curtis, and John Walker." 

E. C. Tyndall started his highway 
career in October, 192 3, when he came 
with the Highway Commission as a 
laborer. He was soon promoted to truck 
driver. Next he was a section foreman, 
then a patch foreman, and later a gang 

In 1941, Tyndall was promoted to his 
present job of Road Maintenance Super- 
visor in the Third Division. 

He worked under the supervision of 
R. E. Snowden till 1931; R. V. Biber- 
stein and B. Britton till 193 5; and under 
B. Whiteside since 1953. 

His wife is the former Sallie Eva 
Bryant of Sampson County. They have 
three children and two grandchildren. 
He's a member of the Masonic Lodge in 
Kenansville. His hobby? Work. 

0 I 


The roadway maintenance supervisor 
of Johnston County is J. V. Walters. His 
highway service dates from February 16, 
1924, when he started with the Commis- 
sion as a water boy. 

Since Walters was only 44 last April 
10, he may be the youngest man ever to 
complete 30 years of highway service. 

After being water hoy, he moved on 
up as section foreman helper, section 
foreman, gang foreman, supervisory fore- 
man, and to his present position of main- 
tenance supervisor. 

His wife is the former Ailene Williams 
of Franklin County. They have two teen- 
age children. Mary Patricia, who is 18, 
just graduated with the highest honors 



in her class from Pine Level High Sch^ 
She received three scholastic awards ; 
a scholarship to East Carolina Colh 
Joseph V. Walters who is 17 will bi 
high school senior this fall. 

Gang foreman Samuel B. Allison 
Brevard recently retired after 30 ye 
of service with the Highway Comn 
sion. He started back in the ea 
twenties as a laborer. Later he opera 
a road machine. For several years nc, 
he's been a gang foreman. In his wor 
"I've spent several years in rock qua 
work, as well as some time on coui 
roads. I've worked for B. H. Webb, a 
a number of others." 

Allison is the son of Benjamin £ 
Sally Allison. He was born March 
1889, in Jackson County. He was educa 
in the public schools in Greenville, Soi 
Carolina. September 30, 1925, he i 
married to Sally R. Zachary. They h; 


i|[ee tine fhildren: Mrs. Roy Bedding- 
Jljd, Sgt. Robert L. Allison who is with 
■ Army in Germany, and Pvt. S. Hugh 
.1 lison who is with the Army in Korea, 
[rhe Allisons attend the Brevard Metho- 
it Church. They live near Brevard. 


'Maintenance and prison foreman La 
ivers enjoys fishing and hunting on 
s time oft". He's also a good designer 
id builder of small boats. 
Looking back on his 3 0 years of 
rvice, he says, "I have enjoyed work- 
'g for the Highway Commission. In 
is work, I have made so many good 
'lends who have been a great pleasure." 
I The foreman was born in 189S in 
len Alpine. He is the son of Mr. and 
rs. M. P. La Fevers. He attended a 
»unty school at St. Paul Mission in 
urke County. December 27, 19 2 2, he 
as married to Martha Wallace 
tiildress in Morganton. Today they 
ve near Nebo and are Episcopalians. 
He started with the Commission in 
ily, 1923, as a truck driver in Burke 
|0unty. Two years later, he was made 
section foreman and continued in this 
ork until 193 7. Next, he was a prison 
ireman in McDowell County. All his 
ork has been in Burke and McDowell 
ounty on mountain roads. La Fevers 
a member of the Moose Club. 

Supervisory foreman Charles F. 
Williams of Asheboro started his high- 
ay work back in 1923. He worked with 
eorge L. Clodfelter on bridges for over 
ivo years. The following seven years, 
e did extra force work. From 1933 to 
948, he served as a floating gang fore- 
lan and worked prisoners in Randolph 

County. In 1948, he was promoted to 
his present position as supervisory fore- 
man in charge of building and grading 
roads in Randolph. Williams is the son of 
Thomas and Mary Williams. He was born 
April 27, 1904 in Westfield. In 1928 he was 
married to Sally Caudle. They are mem- 
bers of the Balfour Baptist Church. The 
Williams' live at 1524 N. Fayetteville 
Street in Asheboro and have three 
children: Charles Thomas, Nancy and 
Elizabeth. Charles and Nancy are both 
married and the foreman has one grand- 
child, Teresa Williams. Charles is em- 
ployed by the Highway Commission 
while Nancy and Elizabeth work at Gen- 
eral Electric. The senior Mrs. Williams, 
a public school teacher, has taught 17 
years in Randolph County. He's a Mason. 


Section foreman Claro Pell Styles re- 
calls that he worked under W. H. 
Rogers, Jr., and Joe Taylor when they 
were district engineers. He has also 
worked under supervision of Bob Moore. 
Bob Dawson, Heber Gray and J. V. 
Walton. His present supervisor is Jimmy 

Styles was born December 2, 1892 in 
Franklin County. He is the son of Mary 
and Willie Styles. The foreman attended 
Knightdale School. 

For the first 24 years he worked with 
the Commission, Styles worked as a 
section foreman of dirt roads. He ran a 
road machine near Apex. For the past 
six years, he has been section foreman 
of the highways around Wendell. 

Styles is a member of the Wendell 
Baptist Church. He is also a member of 
the American Legion, Farm Bureau, and 
State Highway Employees Association. 


Section foreman Joseph Clarence God- 
win of Bayboro is better known to his 
associates as "Pug" Godwin. His highway 
service dates from 1923 when he started 
as a truck driver with Corbett Norris. 
The following year, Godwin was trans- 
ferred to Beaufort to work with Jerry 
Thomas. Next, he worked with Charlie 
Thomas. Later he had a floating gang. 

In 1929. Godwin was moved to Golds- 
l)oro and worked with Vernon Maxton 
who was section foreman of hardsurfaced 
roads. Next, he was sent to Bayboro to 
work with Haywood White on dirt roads 
in Pamlico County. Godwin continued in 
this work until he was promoted in 1942 
to his present job as section foreman of 
liardsurfaced roads. 

Born February 25, 1904, in Havelock, 
he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Elijah God- 
win. December 15, 1928, he was married 
to Eva Helen White in Havelock. Today 
they live in Bayboro and have two 
children: Margie Helen Godwin and 
Bobby Joseph Godwin. They are Metho- 
dists. He keeps up with the Charitable 


Prisons Department Settled in New Quarters 

The Raleigh offices of the State Prisons Department liave 
been nioverl from tlio old highway building to the first floor 
of the Mansion Park Building. The offices were repainted 
and remodeled for tlie Prisons Department. There's a ccm- 
fei'ence room, a larger records room and more space than 
in the old location. Here in high-ceilinged offices the head- 
<]uart<'r employees of the Prisons Department can work in 
<|uiet ccjmfort. 

Top row from left, Virginia Harvell takes dictation from 
Uobert Allen, Assistant Director of Prisons in charge of 
Road f'amps; State Prisons Director W. F. Bailey; and 
Assistant Director of Prisons Blaine M. Madison who is in 
<'harge of Prisoner Reltabilitation and Training. 

Se<'ond row, from left, W. L. Fleming, Business Manager, 
and his seci'etarj-, Mildred Baker; Walter Bryan who is in 

charge of the prisoner education program. Prison Recre| 
tional Director R. V. Bennett, and Marguerite Mitchine 
secretary; and G. M. Swicegood who is in charge of pris(| 
farming operations. 

Third row, from left, J. D. Wilson, Supervisor of Consoil 
dated Records Section and his secretary. Haze] Keitll 
Charles Anuck, Chief Clerk; Mrs. Delia Mitchell who helj 
in prisoner rehabilitation; and Williard Davis, Food Servi(| 
Instructor for prison cooks. 

Fourth row, from left, Anne Jones, Mildred Ferre| 
Margaret Pollock, Jean Wellons, Peggy Jones, and Hazl 
Keith, all employed in the Consolidated Records SectioJ 
Lovie King and Virginia Clement who work with employ<j 
personnel and payroll records; and S. H. Goldfein, Foe 
Service Director. 

Form 3547 Requested 

State Highway Commission 
Raleigh, N. C. 

oec. 34. UG, P.L. & R. 


Raleigh, N. C. 
Permit No. 287 




Chairman Graham and Chief Engineer Rogers were high 
in their praise of the highway employees who worlced so 
untiringly to repair the hurricane "Hazel" damage. Road and 
bridge crews moved so quickly into damaged areas that most 
highways were cleared and open to traffic by that Friday 
night. Graham and Rogers commended the many workers 
who stayed on the job through the week-end following the 
hurricane and were on duty from early morning until night. 

By Wednesday night after the hurricane, one of the biggest 
breaks in the road system, the North River Bridge east of 
Beaufort, had been opened to one-way traffic. Over 20 of the 
bridge's 17-foot timber spans had been washed out. The 
bridge lost nearly all its deck and stringers. 

A new inlet was cut across Holden's Beach which may have 
to be bridged or filled. An inlet was cut on the Carolina Beach 
road between Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. 

The bridge between Beaufort and Morehead City was seri- 
ously damaged by a storm-tide current which washed out the 
channel to within a few feet of the bottom of its supporting 
piles. The load limit was reduced to three tons while repairs 
wre made. A contractor drove new piles after his pile driver 

barge was pulled off the banks back into the channel. ' 
bridge may be so badly damaged, it may have to be 

Serious damage was done to the roads at Holden Bes 
Long Beach, Fort Caswell, Wrightsville Beach and Carol 
Beach. The road to Caswell was blocked as several secti 
were undermined and parts may have to be rebuilt, proba 
on a new location. 

Pictures at left were made by engineers from the Bureau 
Public Roads. 1.) Two scenes of damage to the North Ri 
Bridge. 2) US 421, near south city limits of Carolina Bea 
was damaged when the ocean cut a new inlet across the ri 
to a fresh water lake. The break will probably be filled 
by sand and resurfaced. 3.) A scene on road to Ft. Casv 
shows devastation caused by ocean on the right. Road \ 
have to be rebuilt. 4.) Scene near Sears Landing shows 
pontoon bridge marooned in a marsh. The barge, part o 
temporary bridge to Surf City, was washed across the InU 
Waterway and deposited in the marsh. A canal was dug 
the barge and it was floated back to its original site. 


A Magazine for employees of the "North Carolina State 
Highway and Public Works Commission 

Published Bi-Monthly By 
Raleigh, N. C. ' 





J. Emmett Winslow, 

Forrest Lockey, 



H. Maynard Hicks, 

James A. Gray, Jr., 

Snow Hill 


C. Heide Trask, 

James A. Hardison, 



M. E. Robinson, 

W. Ralph Winkler, 




June F. Scarborough 



C. A. Hasty, 

J. Fleming Snipes, 



J. Van Lindley, 

Harry E. Buchanan, 



W. H. Rogers, Jr., State Highway Engineer 

R. B. Peters, General Counsel 

Division Correspondents 

Shirley Callis, 

Edward C. Darden, 



Jasper L. Phillips, 

R. B. Fitzgerald, 



Irene L. Worley, 

Charles R. Smith, 



Wade Pridgen, 

Cora Lee McLean, 


N. Wilkesboro 

J. W. Jenkins, 

Jean Cline, 



Clara Moran, 

Dan Turner, 



P. L. Welch, 

C. J. Beck, 



Margaret Burk, Editor 

Dealing with Property Owners 
Requires Tact and Diplomacy 



ie[ 'he importance of the human side of 
1, ht-of-way negotiations is so closely 
ited to public relations that I shall 
J t touch upon the subject from the 

, |)lic relations angle. 


'ublic relations is, of course, relations 
h the public. In a broad sense the 
)lic is all of the people of the universe; 
vever, this may be broken down into 
'erent publics, with a public being a 
up of people who are mutually inter- 
ad in one or more factors. The particu- 
public to be considered in this dis- 
ision is based upon that group of peo- 
who are interested in highways. This, 
|Ong others, includes people who use 
I roads for business, pleasure or con- 
lience, and more particularly the peo- 
who own property which it is neces- 
i-y to acquire for highway purposes, 
;;ether with people who are employed 
" 1- highway work. Among the latter is 
'( ;it ill-fated group whose responsibility 
ii is to acquire from the owners the 
pessary property for highway purposes. 

Eminent Domain 

Property for highway purposes is ac- 
lired under the statute of eminent 
main, which is and has been described 
m by the courts as a harsh law. There- 
•e, it behooves us who acquire right 
iway to be extremely courteous, fair and 
olomatic, taking into consideration the 
man element in acquiring such prop- 
:y. In the event that extreme caution 
care is not resorted to in acquiring 
operty, which is usually done under 
otest, there is great danger that pres- 
re might be brought to bear to the 
tent that the rather favorable statutes 
lich now prevail may be changed to the 
eat disadvantage of the various com- 
issions and departments whose respon- 
jility it is to acquire property for pub- 
I use. 

Personal Contact 

While it is desirable that members of 
e Location Department contact the 
operty owners regarding the location 
a highway, this is not always done, 
id in numerous cases the Right-of-Way 
ttgineer or agent is the first representa- 
ve of a Highway Commission or Depart- 
ent to contact a property owner and, 
L some instances, he is the only repre- 
intative to make the contact. This being 
le case, the Right-of-Way Engineer or 
?ent is the Commission or Department 
isofar as the above class of people is 
mcerned. You can realize from this how 
uportant it is to promote public rela- 
ons or consider the human element to 
le extent as outlined above. The actions 
ad dealings of a Right-of-Way Engineer 
'hen he starts on a project ordinarily 
iravel along to other property owners. 

by the grapevine, faster than he can make 
contacts, so it behooves him to be care- 
ful and considerate from the beginning 
of the work on a particular project. 


In my opinion, one appropriate way of 
demonstrating the human side of a nego- 
tiation is, where you are unable to agree 
with a property owner as to the amount 
of compensation due, to explain to him 
that every reasonable effort has been 
made, such being the case, to arrive at 
the amount due and that you are offering 
him such amount. Then, if he refuses to 
accept a reasonable amount, he should 
be advised that there are prescribed legal 
procedures for determining the matter, 
and further advise him that he would 
probably be better satisfied if the amount 
of compensation due were established by 
the courts. He should be further informed 
that if the amount so determined be less 
than he is offered, that he would be obli- 
gated to accept it; and if it were more, 
the Commission or Department could not 
be criticized for allowing more from pub- 
lic funds than the evidence at hand would 

Condemning A Home 

No doubt we all realize that the most 
unpleasant duty that we have to face is 
the taking of a person's home. This is 
especially exasperating and creates much 
adverse public sentiment when the home 
belongs to an elderly individual or couple. 
It sometimes happens that the above men- 
tioned party or parties have lived in their 
residence all or most of their lives and 
there is no property available in the com- 
munity upon which to move same. This 
necessitates the occupants going into a 
new neighborhood and starting life over, 
so to speak. In this case I am reminded 
of an elderly gentleman who was mar- 
ried and had several children. After these 
children were grown and had homes of 
their own he became extremely lonely, 
so he stepped out and took unto himself 
a young wife. Before too many years he 
became ill and felt sure that the end was 
at hand. He called all of his children to- 
gether and told them that apparently 
his time had come to depart from this 

world and requested of them that he be 
buried between his first wife, their 
mother, and his present wife, but he said 
to them, "I want you to tilt the box just 
a leetle bit toward your Mama." I am of 
the opinion that under the above mention- 
ed circumstances that we would be justi- 
fied from the human side, and through the 
promotion of good will, to "tilt just a 
leetle bit" toward the afore-mentioned in- 
dividual or couple. However, we should 
not tilt to the extent of being careless 
with public funds. 

Reasonable Settlement 

In conclusion, I wish to make the ob- 
servation that, in my opinion, if we 
abide by the Golden Rule, "Do Unto 
Others As You Would Have Them Do 
Unto You," that the human side of right- 
of-way negotiations would be demon- 
strated in a manner which would be 
equitable to all parties concerned. 

The 7.16-niile relocation of US 64 
from the bi-idge over the Yadkin River, 
east to a .junction with the Lexington 
bypass, .just outside city limits of Lex- 
ington, was recently completed and 
opened to traffic. Propst Construction 
Compan.v placed a stabilized aggregate 
base course and bituminous surface 
treatment on the road for a contract 
estimate of $231,874. W. S. Sizer of 
Lexington was resident engineer on the 
road which reiilaces a narrow, winding 
portion of US 64. 

Joints Developed 

Contraction joints in portland cement 
concrete are still considered a necessity 
to control the points at which transverse 
cracks will occur when the pavement 
shrinks in cold weather. C. E. Proudley, 
Engineer of Material and Tests, explains 
that the State has been requiring joints 
to be formed by placing a 14 inch metal 
bar in the wet concrete for a depth of 

pie think is characteristic of concrete 
pavement, results. 

While paving the second lane of US 70 
between Raleigh and Durham this sum- 
mer, the Wright Contracting Company 
found a way to make the plane of weak- 



In line with the Commission's statewide pro- 
gram to modernize the primary highway 
system, US 19 and 23 were dual-laned from 
Canton to Junaluska this summer. Cover pic- 
ture shows the broad road as it approaches 
Canton. The road was made bigger and wider 
for the convenience and safety of the motorist 
as well as for the smooth flow of the traffic. 

Sections of the improved highway have a 
30-foot grassed median strip, other portions 
have a four-foot raised asphalt divider. F. L. 
Hutchison was resident highway engineer on 
the road job which runs for 6.56 miles from a 
point on US 19 and 23 about 3.5 miles north- 
east of Waynesville, east through Clyde to a 
point on US 19 and 23 inside city limits of 
Canton. G. G. Page is division engineer ; C. W. 
Lee, assistant division engineer. 

The 7.10 mile-relocation of US 64 
around the north side of Statesville is 
nearing completion. J. C. Critcher, Inc., 
of Asheville completed the grading last 
June for a contract estimate of $215,- 
724. Wilson Construction Co., Inc., of 
Salisbury built the structures for a final 
cost of .<?1 77,494.24. Rea Construction 
Company of Charlotte placed the sub- 
grade reinforcement, a coarse aggregate 
base course, a bituminous surface treat- 
ment and the concrete paving. Contract 
estimate for the paving is }p456,396.85. 
P. L. Cantrell of Statesville was resident 
engineer on the structures, grading and 

ness in the concrete without leaving a 
joint wide enough to create the bump. 
The new method, demonstrated for sev- 
eral days, was not used continuously 

since it was not called for in the pi 
and specifications. 

The left picture shows a strip of 
inch spring steel, two inches wide, v 
five tabs welded to one edge. It is slip 
into guides in a tubular steel frame, 
shown resting upside down. The tabs 
the ends have holes which engage h 
bolts. Note the inverted assemblies sh 
ing the handles resting on the grou 
the cross bar of square tubing, the 
bars which rest on the pavement fc 
and the wing nuts to hook the b( 
through the end bars. 

The next picture shows the custom; 5 
machine for cutting the groove in 
fresh concrete. The groove is prepai i 
to receive the % inch strip. 

The third picture shows the asseml 
in place. The finishers use the bull fl 
and straight edge over the forming st 
while it is held in place by the frame 

In the last picture at right, the fra 
has been removed. Note the five ta 
protruding. When the concrete has 
enough, the finishers will lift the sti 
just enough to provide a guide for t 
edging tool. The strip is then withdraw 

two inches. It remains there until the 
concrete hardens enough to withdraw 
the bar and round the edges of the joint. 
Unless this operation is done carefully, 
the objectionable bump, which many peo- 

Comparison of width of contraction joints by two different methods are show 
above. The left picture shows a joint made by the present, accepted methc 
while the right picture shows one made by the new improved method. E. V 
Gregory of Wright Contracting Company designed the new contraction joir 



Planting Regulations Adopted 

At the October meeting of the Com- 
ission, regulations and standards for 
ladside planting were approved. The 
Uowing regulations apply to individuals 
■ civic groups who are interested in 
.anting along the roadsides of the 
;ate's highways. 

1. Application for a planting permit 
ust be made in writing to the Raleigh 
lice or to the office of a division engi- 

2. The Commission cannot be respon- 
ble to the permittee for damage to the 
:ants or shrubs by third parties. 

Heinoval of Plaiit.s 

3. The permittee is responsible for the 
oving or removal of the plants at his 
wn expense when the plants interfere 
ith highway reconstruction, safety or 

4. The Commission is not responsible 
)r maintenance of plantings made under 
ermit unless a clear and definite agree- 
lent is reached before planting. 

5. If an individual or group wants to 
lant on private property, not its own, 

hich is adjacent to highway right of 
•ay, a voluntary written planting ease- 
lent must be obtained from the property 
wner and submitted with application 
jr a planting permit. 

6. When individuals and groups pro- 
ide funds to the Commission for pur- 
base of plants, payment shall be made 
y check or money order payable to the 
tate Highway and Public Works Com- 

I Staiidard.s 

, The following standards apply to High- 
-ay Commission employees as well as 
ridividuals or groups who deal with road- 
iide planting. 

1. Trees or shrubs over three feet tall 
hall not be placed less than 20 feet from 
dge of payment. Exceptions: mountain- 
us sections where plants will not add 

0 existing topographic hazards; inter- 
ections and bridge approaches which are 
rotected by curb; and service roads 
arrying light or low-speed traffic. 

2. High shrubs, low-growing trees, or 
rees with low, dense foliage which re- 
trict sight distance may not be placed 
i-ithin 1.000 feet of a highway or rail- 
oad grade separation. 

1 3. Plants shall not be placed on the in- 
\ide of curves or at other locations 
vhich might reduce existing sight dis- 
ance. Any planned improvement of the 
ight distance must be considered. 


4. Plants shall not be placed in median 
areas which are less than J/O feet in 
width. Exceptions: intersection areas 
and bridge approaches. 

5. Plants shall not be placed at loca- 
tions where the plants will be detri- 
mental to drainage ditches or structures. 
No plants shall be placed close to the 
edges of steep cut slopes of moderate 
height, which should be flattened before 
planting. No plants shall be placed where 
they will interfere with, or be damaged 
by, a planned or probable future ex- 
pansion and development of the high- 

6. Trees which will grow above the 
minimum clearance under a utility line 
shall not be planted less than 13 feet from 
the line of poles. When possible, a dis- 
tance greater than the minimum 15 feet 
should be used. Exception: low-growing 
plants may be planted in the cleared area 
of the utility line if the plants do not 
interfere with wire placement or repair. 

Treserve Natural Scenery 

7. Formal rows of plants shall not be 
used either through woodland or brushy 
cutover land or along highways with fre- 
quent curves, steep grades, deep cuts or 
high fills. Exception: evenly spaced rows 
of trees (no tree closer than 50 feet nor 
farther than 100 feet apart) may be 

planted in city, town or village ap- 
proaches, in suburban areas, or adjacent 
to farm homes. 

8. Along rural highways, only native 
species of plants shall be used. Crepe 
myrtle, abelia, spirea, etc., shall be con- 
fined to intersections, structures, subur- 
ban areas, and adjacent to homes, schools, 
churches, factories, filling stations, or 
other places of business and habitation. 
Native evergreens are not adaptable for 
formal row plantings; their dense ground 
foliage shuts off view of surrounding 
countryside. Planting clean-trunked de- 
ciduous trees is better than native ever- 

Size of Plants 

9. Medium-sized plants shall be used 
for roadside planting. The adverse soil 
and moisture conditions of the roadside 
forbid planting large plants which are 
costly to plant and hard to establish. 
Seedling plants are too difficult to protect 
during maintenance operations. 

10. Annual or perennial flowers, bulbs, 
shrubs such as azaleas and roses, cannot 
be approved because they require special 
care and are too difficult to maintain. 

11. Any exception to the above stand- 
ards can be approved only by the Raleigh 
office of the Commission. 



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Newly-worded construction signs are now beins used on contract work across 
the State. Above signs are .just three of the many new signs called for in the 
revised "Guide for Construction Signs" which was prepared by Robert Burch's 
traffic engineering department. 

The new guide, available to all road contractors, should standardize signing on 
construction .lobs. The motorist is politely warned to drive with care through a 
construction area and that tlie "road is being improved for your safety and con- 
venience." He is told the length of the construction area and the type of work 
underway. Last, he knows where the project ends and is thanked for his patience. 


Pictures were made in Winston-Salem's Robert E. Lee 
Hotel, convention headquarters. All pictures are identified 
from left to right. 

(1.) Vemice Benton, Sibyl Smith, Ru!by Kilby, Bob 
Setzer, Jasper Phillips (head of delegate registration), and 
Pauline Pugh. 

(2.) Murray Hill, J. W. McDevitt, Earl Crump, and 
Sterling C. Manning. McDevitt is head of the State Personnel 
Department; Hill and Manning are his assistants. 

(3.) Commissioner James A. Gray, Jr., Division Engineer 
Zeb Stewart, Winston-Salem City Manager John Gold, and 
Commissioner Ralph Winkler. 

(4.) State Representative Charlie Bryant, J. L. McDonald, 

Ben Douglas (principal banquet speaker), Winston-Saleir 
Mayor Marshall Kurfees, and J. G. Gibbs. That's Bill Roger.'| 
in back. 

(5.) D. R. McMichael, R. A. Moser, Clyde Orr, A. Ri 
Noi-man, and Doc Sparkman. 

(6.) J. W. Black, D. A. Steele, C. H. Sparkman, anc 
E. H. Colville. 

(7.) Mesdames Sibyl Smith, J. L. McDonald, Ralph Wink^ 
ler, Zeb Stewart, Jim Councill, and Fred Biggerstaff. 

(8.) Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Biberstein, Mr. and Mrs. J. B: 

(9) A road machine, carved in ice, was wheeled into th< 


The Ninth Annual Convention of the 
North Carolina State Highway Associa- 
tion was held in Winston-Salem, Septem- 
ber 24-25. Convention headquarter were 
in the Robert E. Lee Hotel. 

The convention went on record as ap- 
proving Highway Chairman Graham's 
program for primary road development. 
The group adopted an association budget 
of $23,000 for the current fiscal year; 
sent to the personnel committee a 
resolution urging a reduction of work- 
ing hours for Prison Department field 
personnel; adopted a resolution for 
"longevity pay" for those employees of 
maximum salary in their classification ; 
adopted a resolution asking that state 
agencies be exempt from the Auto Acci- 
dent Financial Responsibility Act; voted 
down a proposal to give employees a 
hearing when discharged; and adopted 
a resolution asking that Highway Com- 
mission employees be exempted from 
paying rent on state-owned houses 
unless "all other departments are 
brought under the same program." 

The group tabled a request for pay- 
roll deductions of state income tax on 


the grounds that such an arrangement 
would be too costly. Convention dele- 
gates also debated the possibility that 
the State Legislature may put them 
under the federal social security pro- 
gram. They decided that they would 
rather not have social security at all if 
it would cut down on the state's present 
retirement plan. They opposed any plan 
that would be part social security and 
part retirement program. Instead, they 
favor the present retirement plan with- 
out social security. They also voted down 
setting up a separate credit union for 
highway employees. 

At the Friday luncheon, Ninth Divi- 
sion Engineer Z. V. Stewart introduced 
Chairman Graham who spoke in Gover- 
nor Umstead's place since he could not 
attend the convention. The Chairman 
told the group that "there's no resting 
point in roadwork. The more that's 
done; the more there is to be done."